Incident Summary:

08/28/2018: An explosive device detonated against a military vehicle near Fada Ngourma, Est, Burkina Faso. At least seven soldiers were killed and an unknown number of soldiers were injured in the blast. This was one of two related incidents in the area on this date; the bombing targeted security forces responding to an earlier attack in Pama. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of Muslim extremists in the attack.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Fada Ngourma

Location Details:
The incident occurred between Gourma and Pama districts

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of Burkina Faso
Specific Description Vehicle
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
Weapon Details
A roadside landmine was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information This incident is part of a set of coordinated attacks in which both military and non-military entities were targeted. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 7
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
"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.