Incident Summary:

08/23/2015: Assailants overtook a police station in Oursi town, Oudalan region, Burkina Faso. At least one officer was killed and another person (either an officer or the daughter of a commander) was injured in the assault. The assailants claimed responsibility in the name of Boko Haram, but this connection was not verified.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Gendarmerie
Specific Description Police Station
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Burkina Faso says unidentified gunmen attack police post," Reuters Africa, August 24, 2015.
"Suspected Islamic militants launch attack in Burkina Faso near border with Mali, official says," The Canadian Press, August 24, 2015.
"Gunmen attack gendarmerie post in northern Burkina Faso," Spy Ghana, August 25, 2015.