Incident Summary:

09/17/2015: Members of the presidential guard loyal to ousted president Blaise Compaore stormed a cabinet meeting in Ouagadougou, Centre region, Burkina Faso. The assailants declared a military takeover on national television and held the acting President Michel Kafando, Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida, and two other cabinet members hostage for five days before releasing them and declaring an end to the coup on September 22, 2015. During the coup, soldiers violently suppresed protesters, reportedly killing at least 10 and injuring more than 123.

GTD ID:
201509170116

When:
2015-09-17

Country:
Burkina Faso

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Centre

City:
Ouagadougou

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Burkina Faso
Specific Description Interim President Michel Kafando
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Burkina Faso
Specific Description Cabinet Members
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Burkina Faso
Specific Description Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 5
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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 This incident occurred within the context of a coup.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 123 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 123
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Burkina Faso’s president ‘back in charge’ after coup," The Guardian Nigeria, September 24, 2015."
"Burkina Faso's president back in charge as coup fails," Reuters, September 24, 2015."
"Burkina Faso coup: Michel Kafando reinstated as president," BBC, September 23, 2015."