Incident Summary:

05/19/2018: Assailants raided an unknown number of homes in Agay, Tillaberi, Niger. At least six people were taken from their houses and executed. This was one of two coordinated attacks in Agay on the same night. One person was injured across both attacks. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources attributed the attacks to the Self-Defense Group of Imghad Tuaregs and Allies (GATIA) and the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA).




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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Houses
Nationality of Target Niger
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 6
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those wounded across incidents 201805190019 and 201805190020.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA) No
Self-Defense Group of Imghad Tuaregs and Allies (GATIA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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