Incident Summary:

10/05/2018: Assailants detonated an explosive device and opened fire on a police convoy in Solle, Loroum, Nord, Burkina Faso. At least six police officers were killed and five officers were injured in the attack. 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).



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Loroum district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Police
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 Unknown Explosive 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
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 / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Burkina Faso: 7 policemen die in landmine explosion," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), October 7, 2018.
"At least 6 Burkina Faso policemen dead as vehicle hits bomb," ABC News, October 6, 2018.
"Six police die in Burkina Faso blast," Gulf Times, October 6, 2018.