Incident Summary:

08/17/2017: An explosive device detonated targeting a military patrol vehicle in Tongomayel, Sahel, Burkina Faso. Three soldiers were killed and two soldiers were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso).

GTD ID:
201708170014

When:
2017-08-17

Country:
Burkina Faso

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Sahel

City:
Tongomayel

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Burkinabe Army
Specific Description Patrol
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A roadside bomb was 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
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 / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Over 100 US volunteers evacuated from Burkina Faso," Cape Times, September 5, 2017.
"Roadside bomb kills three soldiers in northern Burkina Faso," Reuters Africa, August 18, 2017.
"Africa Command OSINT Daily 17 August 2017," Summary, August 18, 2017.