Incident Summary:

02/12/2016: Two suicide bombers detonated an explosives-laden vehicle and assailants launched rockets at a United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) base in Kidal town, Kidal region, Mali. In addition to the two bombers, seven Guinean peacekeepers were killed and 29 others were wounded in the attack. Ansar al-Dine (Mali) claimed responsibility for the incident and sources also suspected that the attack may have been carried out by Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target International
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden truck, rockets, and machine guns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) (suspected) No
Ansar al-Dine (Mali) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities / 29 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 29
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"UN Peacekeeper Death Toll Rises To 7 In Mali," AFP (World Service), February 16, 2016.
"Deadly mortar attack hits UN Mali base," BBC, February 12, 2016.
"Five UN Peacekeepers Among 8 Troops Killed In Mali Attacks," AFP (World Service), February 12, 2016.