Incident Summary:

01/18/2017: Five suicide bombers detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a camp housing military and pro-government militia personnel in Gao, Mali. At least 82 people, including the five bombers, were killed and 115 people were injured in the blast. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for Mali's collaboration with France.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Malian Armed Forces
Specific Description Camp
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
Explosives Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 82 Fatalities / 115 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 82
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 115
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Death toll from suicide blast at Mali army base rises," Al Jazeera, January 19, 2017.
"Mali car bomb attack toll rises to 77, French army spokesman says," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, January 19, 2017.
"Mali car bomb 'kills at least 50 people'," BBC, January 18, 2017.