Incident Summary:

09/26/2017: Assailants attacked an Avocet Mining Plc convoy escorted by gendarme traveling to Djibo, Soum, Sahel, Burkina Faso. At least two paramilitary police officers were killed and two other officers were injured in the incident. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Djibo

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Soum district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Avocet Mining Plc
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Gendarmerie
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Attack on Avocet's convoy in Burkina Faso kills two," Reuters Africa, September 27, 2017.
"BBC Monitoring: Terrorism Digest: 26-27 September 2017," BBC Monitoring, September 27, 2017.