Incident Summary:

08/11/2018: An explosive device detonated and assailants opened fire on a vehicle between Boungou and Ougarou, Gnagna, Est, Burkina Faso. At least six people, including gendarmes and one civilian, were killed in the attack. It is unknown whether there were any other casualties. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that the incident was carried out by Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso).

GTD ID:
201808110017

When:
2018-08-11

Country:
Burkina Faso

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Est

City:
Gnagna district

Location Details:
The incident occurred between Boungou and Ougarou

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Workers
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Gendarmerie
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Land Mine
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
A roadside landmine and firearms were used in the attack.
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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso) (suspected) No
Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Blast Kills 7 Security Personnel In Burkina Faso," AFP (World Service), August 28, 2018.
"Six killed in bomb attack in Burkina Faso," Trend News Agency - Central Asia (English), August 12, 2018.
"Burkina Faso: June - October 2018 Chronology of Violent Incidents Related to Al-Qaeda affiliates Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM) and Ansaroul Islam, and Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS)," Sahel MeMo, November 1, 2018.