Incident Summary:

02/04/2018: Assailants raided Inwelane, Menaka, Mali. At least four people were killed and the residence of an Islamic judge was set on fire during the assault. Additionally, three people were abducted; one hostage was later killed, and the fate of the remaining two hostages is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) or the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) in the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred 18 kilometers east of Talataye in the Menaka district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Inwelane Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Mali
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Residence of Kadhiadi Islamic Judge
Nationality of Target Mali
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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) (suspected) No
Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 5
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
"Four civilians killed in Mali as army imposes traffic restrictions," News24, February 4, 2018.
"Several feared dead in Mali attack," MaliJet, February 4, 2018.