Incident Summary:

09/02/2016: Assailants raided Boni, Mopti, Mali. Several buildings were burned and a deputy mayor was abducted in the assault; the outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to the Macina Liberation Front (FLM). Sources also suspected that Ansar al-Dine (Mali) may have carried out the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Boni
Specific Description Deputy Mayor
Nationality of Target Mali
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Boni Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Mali
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Dine (Mali) (suspected) No
Macina Liberation Front (FLM) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 40
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Mali Defence Minister Fired After Jihadists Seize Town: Officials," AFP (World Service), September 3, 2016.
"Mali president fires defence minister after gunmen seize village," Reuters Africa, September 4, 2016.
"Gunmen take over central Mali village - witness," Reuters Africa, September 2, 2016.