Incident Summary:

11/29/2016: Four suicide bombers detonated an explosives-laden vehicle targeting the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) office near the airport in Gao, Mali. The four assailants were killed in the blast. Al-Mourabitoun, a subgroup of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)
Specific Description Office
Nationality of Target International
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden truck was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Al-Mourabitoun Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Crashed military aircraft survived bomb attack in Mali," Joy FM, January 22, 2020.
"Report Says North Mali's Gao Airport Made 'Impracticable' After Kamikaze Attack," Radio Nata, December 2, 2016.
"Northern Malian airport attacks suggest insurgents aiming at more ambitious targets, further attempts likely in coming weeks," IHS Global Insight, December 1, 2016.