Incident Summary:

04/23/2020: An explosive device detonated near a French forces vehicle outside In Araban, Menaka, Mali. At least two soldiers were injured in the blast. One of the injured soldiers died from his wounds on May 1, 2020. The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near In Araban

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Operation Barkhane
Specific Description Truck
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A roadside bomb was 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information The victims included soldier Dmytro Martynyouk.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"French legionnaire dies from jihadist attack in Mali," News24, May 2, 2020.
"French soldier killed in anti-insurgent operations in Mali," ABC News, May 2, 2020.
"French Foreign Legion soldier dies from injuries received in Mali IED blast," Russia Today, May 2, 2020.