Incident Summary:

12/21/2015: Assailants attacked security forces in Buldhoqo area, Djibouti. The attack resulted in an unknown number of casualties. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Djibouti

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Buldhoqo area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Djibouti Armed Forces
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Djibouti
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Kalashnikovs, knives, and machetes 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actor
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources conflict on whether the incident was an attack on security forces, or if security forces initiated the clash as they tried to break up a religious ceremony. Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Violence flares in Djibouti, conflicting casualty tolls," Latest Nigerian, December 22, 2015.
"Seven killed, scores wounded in Djibouti clashes: foreign minister," Yahoo! Finance, December 22, 2015.