Incident Summary:

12/10/2017: Assailants fired a projectile at a Congress for Justice in the Azawad (CJA) vehicle between Goundam and Douekire in Goudam district, Timbuktu, Mali. At least six people, including CJA members and civilians, were killed and other people were injured in the attack. Two people were also reported missing. Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) claimed responsibility for the incident. Sources also attributed the attack to Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Goundam district

Location Details:
The incident occurred between Goundam and Douekire.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Mali
Target Type: Violent Political Party
Name of Entity Congress for Justice in the Azawad (CJA)
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target Mali
Additional Information
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
A rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) was used in the attack.
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
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) No
Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 6
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
"'Jihadists' Kill Six In Mali Attack," AFP (World Service), December 11, 2017.
"Militants kill six in Mali," The News International, December 12, 2017.
"Presumed Terrorists Kill Six People in Mali’s Timbuktu Region," Radio Nata, December 12, 2017.