Incident Summary:

04/08/2018: Assailants shot and killed Hamidou Koundaba, the Koutougou mayor, near his residence in Koutougou, Sahel, Burkina Faso. The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that Koundaba was targeted for his collaboration with the government of Burkina Faso.

GTD ID:
201804080009

When:
2018-04-08

Country:
Burkina Faso

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Sahel

City:
Koutougou

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Koutougou
Specific Description Mayor: Hamidou Joundaba
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
Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
Sources
"Jihadists Abduct Burkina Teacher 'For Speaking French'," AFP (World Service), April 17, 2018.
"Gunmen kill mayor in Burkina Faso," Uganda Daily Monitor, April 10, 2018.
"Gunmen kill Mayor in Buikna Faso," News Nigeria.com.ng, April 9, 2018.