Incident Summary:

11/20/2016: Assailants opened fire on an army convoy transporting ballot boxes in Timbuktu region, Mali. At least four soldiers were killed and four soldiers were injured in the assault. This was one of two related attacks targeting electoral convoys on this date. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources attributed the attacks to Ansar al-Dine (Mali).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI)
Specific Description Convoy of Ballot Boxes
Nationality of Target Mali
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Malian Armed Forces
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Mali
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
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?Yes
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) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
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
"Deadly violence during Mali's first polls since 2013 highlights implementation of peace accord unlikely in six-month outlook," IHS Global Insight, November 22, 2016.
"9 Malian soldiers killed in two attacks during local elections; MALI VIOLENCE," EFE Newswire - Americas in Focus, November 21, 2016.
"UPDATE 1-Mali's local elections marred by boycotts, kidnapping," Reuters Africa, November 20, 2016.