Incident Summary:

03/13/2017: Assailants opened fire on soldiers and civilians at a market in Ansongo, Gao, Mali. At least four people, including two soldiers and two civilians, were killed and 2 other soldiers were injured in the assault. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Muslim extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Ansongo district

Location Details:
The incident occurred near Fafa.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Market
Nationality of Target Mali
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
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
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Attack by new jihadist front in Mali indicates Sahelian expansion targeting local, foreign troops," IHS Global Insight, March 15, 2017.
"Militants kill civilians, two soldiers in Mali attack," Qatar Tribune, March 14, 2017.
"Assailants Kill 2 Malian Soldiers, 2 Civilians During Armed Attack at Border With Niger," Malijet, March 13, 2017.