Incident Summary:

02/07/2017: Assailants abducted Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti in Karangasso, Sikasso, Mali. The whereabouts of Argoti, a Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters nun from Colombia, are unknown. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Macina Liberation Front (FLM). In addition, on July 1, 2017, Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) released a proof-of-life video showing the hostage.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters
Specific Description Nun: Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Macina Liberation Front (FLM) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Colombian nun kidnapped in Mali is being held by militants: police," Reuters, April 18, 2017.
"Unknown gunmen abduct Colombian nun in southern Mali," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, February 8, 2017.
"Mali Arrests Two Over Kidnapping Of Colombian Nun," AFP (World Service), February 8, 2017.