Incident Summary:

03/03/2017: Assailants opened fire on teachers at a school in Kourfayel, Tongomayel subdistrict, Sahel, Burkina Faso. At least three teachers, including a school director, were killed in the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso).



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Tongomayel subdistrict of Soum district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Director
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Teachers
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two Dead In Burkina Faso 'Jihadist' Attack," AFP (World Service), March 3, 2017.
"3 killed as unknown gunmen attack a village in Burkina Faso northern region," Xinhua General News Service, March 3, 2017.
"Extremists kill 2 in Burkina Faso as schools targeted," News24, March 3, 2017.