On August 19, 2021, al-Qaeda-linked militants from Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) ambushed Malian troops, with a shootout ensuing.

Nokara ambush
Part of Mali War
Date19 August, 2021
Between Nokara and Boni, Mali
Result JNIM victory
Mali Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin
Casualties and losses
17 dead
42 injured
1 missing

Ambush Edit

A Malian military convoy left the town of Hombori heading toward Douentza on August 19, 2021.[1] In between the towns of Nokara and Boni, the convoy hit an IED, prompting nearby jihadists from JNIM to shoot.[1][2] The attackers seized four vehicles, some equipped with 12.7 mm guns.[1]

Katibat Macina, a regional variant of the JNIM, is suspected to be behind the attacks.[2]

Losses Edit

The Malian government stated that seventeen soldiers were killed, one missing, and forty-two were wounded during the attack.[3] On August 21, senior Malian military officials landed in Boni to assess the situation, but were held back by the soldiers stationed there, accusing them of not knowing the reality on the ground.[3]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c "Mali: 15 soldats tués dans une embuscade dans le centre". LEFIGARO (in French). 2021-08-19. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  2. ^ a b "Mali: quinze soldats tués dans une embuscade dans le centre, selon l'armée". RFI (in French). 2021-08-19. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Mali: des officiers «retenus» par leur troupe après une embuscade meurtrière". LEFIGARO (in French). 2021-08-21. Retrieved 2023-01-31.