Incident Summary:

08/28/2018: Assailants equipped with firearms attacked a police station in Pama, Est, Burkina Faso. There were no reported casualties, but the station was set on fire in the attack. This was one of two related incidents in the area on this date. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Muslim extremists.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Police
Specific Description Police Station
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
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
Additional Information This incident is part of a set of coordinated attacks in which both military and non-military entities were targeted.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Blast Kills 7 Security Personnel In Burkina Faso," AFP (World Service), August 28, 2018.
"Seven Burkinabe soldiers killed in ambush," Agence Africaine de Presse, August 28, 2018.
"8 Burkina Faso security force members killed by land mine," ABC News, August 28, 2018.