Incident Summary:

12/27/2018: Assailants abducted Issiaka Tamboura, the editor of Le Soft newspaper, between Nokara and Boni in Mopti, Mali. The hostage was released on February 19, 2019. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Muslim extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred between Nokara and Boni.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Le Soft Newspaper
Specific Description Editor: Issiaka Tamboura
Nationality of Target Mali
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 54
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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
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
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"Malian Government Welcomes Successful Release of 2 Hostages After Negotiations With Terrorists," Radio Nata, February 20, 2019.
"Suspected Jihadists Kidnap Correspondent in Mali's Mopti Region," Radio Nata, December 31, 2018.
"Gunmen kidnap Mali editor in Mopti,", December 29, 2018.