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
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."
"Assailants Kill 2 Malian Soldiers, 2 Civilians During Armed Attack at Border With Niger," Malijet, March 13, 2017."
"Militants kill civilians, two soldiers in Mali attack," Qatar Tribune, March 14, 2017."