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 324 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 597 people have been killed and 680 injured. Among them were 22 suicide acts.

In 50 incedents a total of 387 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage, though a ransom was rarely (1 times) extorted.

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Most frequent attack targets in Mali

(2013 to 2017)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Government16326647050
Private citizens114298190307
Military29111683
NGO14141320
Non-state militias1159187
Business105424206
Police9860
Transportation89522
Religious institutions55022
Airports & Aircraft3000


Most affected regions

(2013 to 2017)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Kidal10319837470
Gao7312514339
Timbuktu631209653
Mopti43693018
Segou9331
Koulikoro711132
Bamako63013170
Menaka413150
Sikasso3121
Kayes1000


Terrorist organisations in Mali

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Al-Qaida31626931
Muslim extremists162453
Fulani extremists3606
Tuaregs2105
Tuareg extremists1100
Boko Haram1001
Islamic State1400


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.