Incident Summary:

10/27/2018: Assailants armed with rocket launchers and machine guns and equipped with explosives-laden vehicles attacked a United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) base in Ber, Timbuktu, Mali. At least two peacekeepers were killed and five peacekeepers were injured in the attack. Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was an attempt to expel Christians from what they viewed as "Muslim lands."




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Mali
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Mali
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden vehicles, rocket launchers, and machine guns mounted on pickup trucks were 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 82
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attacks," Al Jazeera, October 28, 2018.
"Two peacekeepers killed in Mali," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 27, 2018.
"Two UN Peacekeepers Killed, Several Injured in Mali's Timbuktu, Mopti Regions," Radio Nata, October 29, 2018.