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).

GTD ID:
201811150038

When:
2018-11-15

Country:
Burkina Faso

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Sahel

City:
Bossey

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
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
Sources
"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.