Incident Summary:

10/09/2015: Approximately fifty assailants attacked a gendarmerie brigade in Samorogouan department, Kenedougou province, Burkina Faso. At least four people were killed and four were injured in the attack. Additionally, one gendarmerie was abducted during the attack; his whereabouts are unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Gendarmerie
Specific Description Brigade
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Kalashnikov assault rifles and sharp weapons were 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 50
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Burkina Faso gov't blames coup plotters for attack on gendarmerie brigade," Xinhua General News Service, October 10, 2015.
"Gunmen kill three Burkina Faso gendarmes near Mali border," Reuters Africa, October 9, 2015.
"Armed group kills three Burkina Faso police near Mali border," The Guardian Nigeria, October 9, 2015.