Incident Summary:

11/15/2018: Assailants shot and killed a municipal councilor in Bossey, Arbinda, Soum, Sahel, Burkina Faso. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso) and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS).



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near the town of Arbinda in Soum district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Burkina Faso
Specific Description Municipal Councilor: Ayuba Koura
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages No
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
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 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Burkina Faso: Municipal Councilor Shot by Gunmen in the North," Xinhua, November 17, 2018.
"Burkina Faso: November 2018 SITREP and 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, December 3, 2018.
""We Found Their Bodies Later That Day" - Atrocities by Armed Islamists and Security Forces in Burkina Faso's Sahel Region," Human Rights Watch, March 22, 2019.