Incident Summary:

01/16/2016: Assailants armed with explosive devices and firearms attacked the Ybi Hotel in Ouagadougou, Centre region, Burkina Faso. This was one of three coordinated assaults targeting public businesses in Ouagadougou overnight. At least 34 people, including four assailants, were killed and 33 others, including soldiers, were injured across all three incidents. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility and stated that the attacks were carried out in retaliation for Western operations in Muslim countries.



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: Business
Name of Entity Ybi Hotel
Specific Description Hotel
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
AK-47 assault rifles were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident represent a division of a cumulative total of killed and wounded across incidents 201601150001, 201601150002, and 201601160001. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Al-Mourabitoun Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Security Forces Hunt Possible Surviving Burkina Hotel Attackers," AFP (World Service), January 17, 2016.
"Burkina Faso attack demonstrates al Qaeda revival in Africa," CNN, January 16, 2016.
"Three attackers from Burkina al Qaeda assault still at large," Reuters Africa, January 19, 2016.