Incident Summary:

05/27/2016: An explosive device detonated and assailants opened fire on two Malian Armed Forces vehicles in Gao region, Mali. At least five soldiers were killed and four soldiers were injured in the ambush. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of the Macina Liberation Front (FLM) in the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred between Ansongo and Indelimane.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Malian Armed Forces
Specific Description Vehicles
Nationality of Target Mali
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Land Mine
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
A roadside landmine and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Macina Liberation Front (FLM) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Blast Kills Five Soldiers And Wounds Four In Mali: Army," AFP (World Service), May 27, 2016.
"Five UN Peacekeepers Killed on the 'International Day of the UN Peacekeepers'," Targeted News Service, May 31, 2016.
"UN Peacekeepers Killed in Mali Ambush Attack," VOA News, May 30, 2016.