Incident Summary:

08/29/2016: An explosive device detonated near a Tunisian Armed Forces (FAT) patrol at Mount Sammama in Kasserine governorate, Tunisia. Following the blast, assailants armed with projectiles and firearms attacked the patrol. At least five people, including three soldiers and two assailants, were killed and seven other soldiers were injured in the ensuing clash. The Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near Mount Sammama.

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 Tunisian Armed Forces (FAT)
Specific Description Patrol
Nationality of Target Tunisia
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Explosives Land Mine
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
Antitank landmines, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), and rifles 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"3 soldiers killed in militant attack in western Tunisia," World Bulletin, August 30, 2016.
"Qaeda-linked group claims deadly Tunisia ambush: SITE," Agence France-Presse Top News (English), t, August 30, 2016.
"Militants kill three Tunisian soldiers in ambush near Algerian border: Army," Indian Express, August 29, 2016.