Incident Summary:

10/03/2018: Assailants opened fire on a gendarmerie post at the Inata gold mine in Inata, Sahel, Burkina Faso. At least one officer was killed and another officer was injured in the assault. Additionally, three officers were reported missing. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected the involvement of Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso).



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Inata

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Inata gold mine.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Inata Gold Mine
Specific Description Mining Site
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Gendarmerie
Specific Description Post
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"8 killed in attacks on security forces in Burkina Faso," ABC News, October 4, 2018.
"Six soldiers killed in Burkina Faso blast: security sources," News24, October 4, 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.