Terrorism in Mali

The risk of terrorist attacks in Mali over the past years can be classified as below average. Globally, the country took a less important role for terrorism so far. Over the past 5 years a total number of 258 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 453 people have been killed and 612 injured. Among them were 22 suicide acts.

In 39 incedents a total of 337 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage, though a ransom was rarely (2 times) extorted.

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Most frequent attack targets in Mali

(2012 to 2016)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Government12219944254
Private citizens91214156262
Military2185500
NGO11131115
Religious institutions95022
Business84524174
Police8850
Non-state militias73617
Transportation68381
Journalists & Media5524


Most affected regions

(2012 to 2016)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Kidal8115134267
Gao6710913441
Timbuktu57895447
Mopti2251207
Bamako83154171
Koulikoro5100
Segou4230
Kayes2001
Sikasso2120


Terrorist organisations in Mali

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Al-Qaida31626931
Muslim extremists7930
Tuaregs2105
Tuareg extremists1100


All information sourced from the "National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism" (START) and its Global Terrorism Database. An act of terrorism is concidered every incident which is aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal, but not for pure profit motives. In addition these incidents must not be legitimized by warfare activities, listet in the Geneva Conventions of 1949.