Incident Summary:

01/25/2019: An explosive device detonated targeting a United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) convoy in Keerana, Mopti, Mali. Two Sri Lankan peacekeepers were killed and six were injured in the blast. Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded the removal of Sri Lankan peacekeepers from Mali.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near Douentza.

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 Convoy
Nationality of Target International
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 Remote Trigger
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 The victims included Sri Lankan peacekeepers Captain Jayawickrema and Corporal Wijekumara. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"2 UN peacekeepers killed in attack in central Mali," Associated Press International, January 25, 2019.
"U.N. Staff Union President Urges States to Enhance Peacekeeper Security, as Targeted Attacks Kill 423 Blue Helmets," Targeted News Service, March 31, 2020.
"JNIM terrorist group claims responsibility over Mali attack on SL peacekeepers," Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), January 30, 2019.