Incident Summary:

01/28/2018: Assailants opened fire on a District Police Station (CPD) convoy in Baraboule, Sahel, Burkina Faso. At least two police officers were killed in the assault. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Baraboule

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Soum district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Police
Specific Description Patrol
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Gunmen ambush, kill 2 police in north Burkina Faso; Gunmen ambush, kill 2 police in north Burkina Faso," The Canadian Press, January 29, 2018.
"Hosted Product: AQIM Newsletter 1 February 2017," Al Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb Newsletter, February 1, 2018.
"Africa Command OSINT Daily 30 January 2018," Summary, January 31, 2018.