Incident Summary:

01/15/2016: Assailants opened fire on a local official in Tin Abao village, Sahel region, Burkina Faso. At least two people, including one soldier, were killed and two other people were injured in the assault. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Tin Abao

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Tin Abao Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"3 Burkina Faso Attackers Still at Large, French Say," The New York Times, January 20, 2016.
"At least 20 dead in ongoing Al Qaeda siege at Burkina Faso hotel," Daily Nation, January 16, 2016.
"At least 20 dead in siege by suspected Islamists at Burkina Faso hotel," Reuters India, January 16, 2016.