Incident Summary:

08/13/2017: Two assailants armed with rifles opened fire at the Aziz Istanbul restaurant in Ouagadougou, Centre, Burkina Faso. The assailants held an unknown number of people hostage inside the restaurant for eight hours, before security forces killed both assailants and rescued 40 hostages. In addition to the assailants, at least 19 people were killed and 21 people were injured during the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) or Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso) may have carried out the attack. Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso) denied involvement and attributed the incident to Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM).



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Aziz Istanbul Restaurant
Specific Description Restaurant
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Police
Specific Description Officers
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 Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 8
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Officer Sawadogo Yassia; Canadian civilians Tammy Chen and Bilel Diffalah; and French, Senegalese, Nigerian, Turkish, Lebanese, and Burkinabe civilians. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) (suspected) No
Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso) (suspected) No
Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 21 Fatalities / 21 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 21
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 21
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Toll In Burkina Faso Restaurant Attack Hits 19," AFP (World Service), August 19, 2017.
"Burkina Restaurant Attackers 'Came From Mali': Security Source," AFP (World Service), August 16, 2017.
"Burkina Faso attack: At least 18 killed in restaurant," CNN, August 15, 2017.