Incident Summary:

10/31/2017: An explosive device detonated near a Group of Antiterrorist Forces (GFAT) vehicle in Gassel Garaf, Sahel, Burkina Faso. At least two people, including one soldier and one nurse, were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Gassel Garaf

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Group of Antiterrorist Forces (GFAT)
Specific Description Vehicle
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
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Land Mine
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 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"2 soldiers injured in mine explosion in northern Burkina Faso,", October 31, 2017.
"BBC Monitoring: Terrorism Digest: 30-31 October 2017," BBC Monitoring, October 31, 2017.