Incident Summary:

10/04/2018: An explosive device detonated against a military vehicle in Bartiebougou, Est, Burkina Faso. At least six soldiers were killed and two soldiers were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) and Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso).

GTD ID:
201810040008

When:
2018-10-04

Country:
Burkina Faso

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Est

City:
Bartiebougou

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Burkinabe Army
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
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?No
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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest 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 / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"8 killed in attacks on security forces in Burkina Faso," ABC News, October 4, 2018.
"Six soldiers killed in Burkina Faso blast: security sources," Nile International, October 4, 2018.
"Six soldiers killed in Burkina Faso blast: security sources," News24, October 4, 2018.