On April 2, 2021, insurgents from the al-Qaeda-linked group Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) attacked a contingent of Chadian troops serving in MINUSMA, the UN's peacekeeping branch throughout the Mali War. The Chadian troops effectively repelled the JNIM attack, inflicting heavy casualties.

2021 Aguelhok attack
Part of Mali War
DateApril 2, 2021
Aguelhok, Mali
Result Chadian victory


Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin
Commanders and leaders
Abdel Razak Hamid Barh  Iyad Ag Ghaly
Abdallaye Ag al-Baka 
Unknown ~100-200 men
Casualties and losses
4 dead
16 injured
41 dead
5 POWs
2-3 civilians killed

Attack Edit

At 6:15 a.m. on April 2, around 100 to 200 jihadists launched a simultaneous attack on two positions at the MINUSMA base in Aguelhok.[1][2] Some of the jihadists wore Chadian military uniforms to deceive the stationed soldiers, who were mostly Chadian.[3] French newspaper Le Monde stated that this attack was likely led by JNIM commander Iyad Ag Ghaly.[2]

The clashes at the base lasted three hours, with JNIM forces retreating after suffering heavy losses.[4]

Losses and aftermath Edit

Four Chadian soldiers were killed during the fighting, according to a press release from MINUSMA.[1][4] An anonymous Chadian military source confirmed the number of dead, and added that sixteen more soldiers were injured. Among the dead was Captain Abdel Razak Hamid Barh, who was killed after hitting a VBIED.[1][3]

The UN initially estimated twenty jihadists were killed, out of a contingent of 100.[1][3] However, they increased this number after further information in the following days showed over forty fighters were killed.[4] One of the dead fighters was alleged to be Abdallaye Ag al-Baka, former mayor of Tessalit turned right hand man of Iyad Ag Ghaly.[3][4]

Malian media, along with the Coordination of Azawad Movements, claimed that Chadian soldiers killed multiple civilians during the fighting, and buried them with the jihadists.[5][6]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Quatre casques bleus meurent dans une attaque au Mali". Le Monde.fr (in French). 2021-04-02. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  2. ^ a b "Avec la mort du président tchadien Idriss Déby, la France perd un allié clé de l'opération " Barkhane " au Sahel". Le Monde.fr (in French). 2021-04-21. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mali: la Minusma réplique à l'attaque meurtrière d'Aguelhok". RFI (in French). 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  4. ^ a b c d "Mali: un chef djihadiste et 40 assaillants tués en attaquant un camp de l'ONU". LEFIGARO (in French). 2021-04-05. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  5. ^ "Mali : la Coordination des Mouvements de l'Azawad (CMA) accuse les Tchadiens de la Minusma de " chasse aux civils " après l'attaque d'Aguelhoc | Bamada.net". Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  6. ^ Assory (April 6, 2021). "Mali: Le regard d'Assory : Aguel Hoc: Y a-t-il eu des exécutions de civils ?". Maliactu. Retrieved January 31, 2023.