This is my effort to catalogue jihadist attacks in southern and central Mali during 2015. I’ve deliberately left off attacks by northern rebels such as the Coordination for the Movements of the Azawad, because I consider those attacks categorically different, although the lines can get blurry. Please let me know if I’ve left any jihadist attacks off the list, and I’ll update it accordingly.
[Update: Ansar al-Din has claimed responsibility for the June 27 and 28 attacks, and commenter Aurélien has listed numerous other attacks, which I’ve incorporated below.]
- June 28, Fakola, Sikasso Region: Gunmen briefly seized the village; Malian security sources attributed the attack to Peul fighters associated with the Masina Liberation Front, but Ansar al-Din claimed the attack.
- June 27, near Nara, Koulikoro Region: Gunmen killed three soldiers at a military camp; Malian intelligence sources attributed the attack to Peul fighters associated with Ansar al-Din, which claimed the attack.
- June 14, Djenné, Mopti Region: Gunmen attack a gendarmerie post.
- June 10, Misséni, Sikasso Region: An estimated thirty gunmen killed a gendarme and burned down the police station; Malian sources did not identify the attackers, but a Malian journalist (French) attributed the attack to Ansar al-Din.
- June 2, Dogofri, Ségou Region: Four gunmen kill a gendarme; Malian security sources blame the Masina Liberation Front.
- April 12, between Niono and Diabaly, Ségou Region: A roadside bomb kills two Malian soldiers.
- April 3, Boni, Mopti Region: Gunmen kill two civilians.
- April 1, Boulkessi, Mopti Region: Gunmen attacked a Malian military base.
- March 7, Bamako: Attackers with a machine gun and grenades kill five people at a bar; later claimed by al-Murabitun.
- January 8 and 16, Ténenkou, Mopti Region: Gunmen attacked soldiers in the village; the Malian press (French) attributed the attack to the Masina Liberation Front.
- January 6, Dioura, Mopti Region: Gunmen attacked a military outpost.
- January 5, Nampala, Ségou Region: Gunmen attacked Malian soldiers, killing as many as seven; the Malian press (French) attributed the attack to the Masina Liberation Front.
The same day I see this in my Twitter feed.
Personally, I’m a bit more skeptical. Even if the fighting ends now, this can flare up again easily.
There’s quite a few missing:
– Dioura on the 6th of January
– Dogofri on the 2nd of February
A few in the Douentza Cercle of the Mopti region too:
– Boulikessi on the 1st of april
– Boni on the 3rd of April
– A mine Serma the folowing week
– some clashes between FAMa and the FLM last week in Serma
And I think there was an attack on the carrefour de Djenné about 3 weeks ago, too.
hope this helps,
Thanks very much! I really appreciate it. I’ve incorporated most of these, though I was unable to find links for the Serma incidents and the February attack in Dogofri.
Wole Soyinka gave a speech at the Lindau meeting on Education vs. Extremism, but he isn’t giving permission to let the video or transcript be released. Not sure why. In the meantime, this is an essay summing up Soyinka’s talk:
I think other incidents were in April
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