Incident Summary:

10/06/2016: Assailants attacked a Malian refugee camp in Tassalit, Tahoua, Niger. At least 26 soldiers were killed and one person was injured during the raid. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources separately attributed the attack to Boko Haram and Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Niger Armed Forces
Specific Description Security Forces
Nationality of Target Niger
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Camp
Nationality of Target Niger
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun 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) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers 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) No
Boko Haram No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 26 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 26
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Refugee Camp Attack Kills 22 Soldiers in Niger," Latin American Herald Tribune, October 8, 2016.
"Attack on Refugee Camp in Niger Leaves 22 Soldiers Dead," Bloomberg, October 8, 2016.
"Niger: Attack on refugee camp kills at least 22 soldiers," International Business Times UK, October 7, 2016.