Incident Summary:

05/02/2018: Assailants set fire to a school and its director's residence in Bafina, Centre-Nord, Burkina Faso. A teacher was tied up during the attack and subsequently released. No casualties were reported. This was one of two coordinated attacks in the area on the same day. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Basarlogho district in the Sanmatenga area of the province.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description School
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description House of School Director
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"Africa Command OSINT Daily 3 May 2018," Summary, May 4, 2018.
"BBCM Africa Watchlist for 3 May," BBC Monitoring, May 3, 2018.