Incident Summary:

05/21/2015: Assailants executed six civilians in Tin Hamma area, Gao region, Mali. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Self-Defense Group of Imghad Tuaregs and Allies (GATIA).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Tin Hamma

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unknown
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Action Against Hunger (ACF)
Specific Description Worker: Moussa Ag Mohamedoun
Nationality of Target International
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Mali
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actors
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted that government forces might have been responsible for the attack. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Self-Defense Group of Imghad Tuaregs and Allies (GATIA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"At least six civilians killed in northern Mali fighting -sources," Reuters Africa, May 21, 2015.
"UPDATE 1-Civilians killed amid clashes near Mali flashpoint town," Reuters Africa, May 21, 2015.
"UNÂ to investigate alleged executions of civilians in Mali,", May 23, 2015.