Incident Summary:

07/24/2017: Assailants abducted a civilian in Neyba, Sahel, Burkina Faso. The victim was executed shortly after the abduction. This was one of three coordinated attacks on the same night. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources suspected that Muslim extremists were involved in the attacks.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Sahel region.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Series of attacks in Burkinabe Sahel kill five-Media," Agence Africaine de Presse, July 26, 2017.
"Suspected jihadists kill 5 in Burkina Faso: local official," News24, July 26, 2017.
"Unidentified Armed Men Attack Burkinabe Villages in Soum Province, Kill 5 People," L'Observateur Paalga Online, July 25, 2017.