Incident Summary:

01/07/2001: A group of 31 insurgents threw a coup in an attempt to overthrow the government in the Ivory Coast. The assailants are suspected to be members of the main opposition party. 12 were killed, 10 were militants while 2 were security forces stopping the coup. The militants were able to take over the national radio and television before being stopped by the army.



Ivory Coast

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unknown
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Cote D' Ivoire
Specific Description National Radio Station
Nationality of Target Ivory Coast
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Cote D' Ivoire Government
Specific Description National Television Station
Nationality of Target Ivory Coast
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 31
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 10
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Cote d’ Ivoire: Coulibaly Named in Coup Attempt Claimed to Benefit Ouattara,” Soir Info, January 9, 2001
“More Bodies Found After Ivorian Coup Attempt,” Agence France Presse, January 9, 2001.
“Ivory Coast-Coup Gbagbo Says Coup Attempt was “Terrorist Action” by “Amateurs”,” EFE News Service, January 8, 2001.