Incident Summary:

03/02/2018: Assailants equipped with grenades and assault rifles attacked the French Embassy in Ouagadougou, Centre, Burkina Faso. This was one of two coordinated attacks in Ouagadougou on this date. Five people, including four assailants and one security guard, were killed in this incident. Additionally, at least 85 people, including soldiers and civilians, were injured across both assaults. Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) claimed responsibility for the incidents and stated that the attacks were carried out in retaliation for the killing of Mohamed Hacen al-Ancari, a JNIM leader, in a recent security operation.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description Embassy
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description Embassy Security Guard
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Grenades and Kalashnikov assault rifles were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those wounded across incidents 201803020008 and 201803020009.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 43 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 43
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Army HQ and French embassy attacked in Burkina Faso," Al Jazeera, March 3, 2018.
"Suicide Car Bombing Caused Blast At Burkina Army HQ: Minister," AFP (World Service), March 2, 2018.
"CORRECTION," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, March 2, 2018.