Incident Summary:

11/12/2018: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside the home of United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) members in 8th district, Gao, Mali. In addition to the assailant, at least three people were killed and four others were wounded in the blast. Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 8th district

Attack Information
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 Residence of Member
Nationality of Target International
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 Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden white Toyota Land Cruiser was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included two Cambodians, one South African, and one Zimbabwean. 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: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"3 Civilians Killed In Attack On UN Contractor In Mali," AFP (World Service), November 13, 2018.
"Jihadist Organization Pays Tribute to Suicide Bomber Following Attack in Malian City of Gao," Kibaru, November 15, 2018.
"4 Cambodians among victims in suicide attack targeting UN force in Mali: spokesman," Xinhua News Agency, November 14, 2018.