Incident Summary:

03/14/2017: Assailants set fire to a school and abducted two people in Baraboule, Sahel, Burkina Faso. The outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the attack; however, sources attributed the attack to Muslim extremists.

GTD ID:
201703140013

When:
2017-03-14

Country:
Burkina Faso

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Sahel

City:
Baraboule

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Soum district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Baraboule School
Specific Description School
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Unknown
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
Muslim extremists 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
Sources
"Two kidnapped, school burnt in Burkina Faso attack.," CEO Africa.com, March 15, 2017."
"A new frontier for Islamist militants?," BBC, April 3, 2017."
"Two kidnapped and school burnt in Burkina Faso attack," Burkina24, March 15, 2017."