Incident Summary:

04/12/2018: Assailants raided the Bouro Primary School in Bouro, Nassoumbou, Soum, Sahel, Burkina Faso. One student was killed and one teacher, identified as Issouf Souabo, was abducted in the attack. The hostage was released on June 11, 2018. The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the victim, Issouf Souabo, was targeted because he taught his students using the French language.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Nassoumbou area of Soum.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Bouro Primary School
Specific Description School
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 60
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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
Additional Information The victims included a teacher, Issouf Souabo.
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
"Jihadists Abduct Burkina Teacher 'For Speaking French'," AFP (World Service), April 17, 2018.
"Article Says Insecurity in Burkina Faso, Sahel Region Causes Schools To Shut Down," RFI Online, April 14, 2018.
"Student killed, teacher seized in Burkina locality," Journal du Cameroun, April 13, 2018.