Incident Summary:

08/31/2013: A former presidential bodyguard attempted to attack the presidential palace in Ouagadougou, Kadiogo, Burkina Faso. The assailant, who was shot and killed, was thought to be targeting President Blaise Compaore. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201308310033

When:
2013-08-31

Country:
Burkina Faso

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Centre

City:
Ouagadougou

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Burkina Faso
Specific Description President: Blaise Compaore
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An AK-47 was used in the attack.
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 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Burkina Faso: Army Thwarts Alleged Bid To Kill President Blaise Compaore," Africa Review, September 2, 2013.
"Blaise Compaore Assassination Burkina Faso President Survives Deadly Assassination Attempt Africa News," Big News Network, September 3, 2013.
"Ex-presidential bodyguard in Burkina Faso shot," SABC, September 1, 2013.