Incident Summary:

01/01/2019: Assailants raided Yirgou, Centre-Nord, Burkina Faso. At least seven people, including a village leader, were killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso) was involved in the attack.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near Barsalogho.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Yirgou Village
Specific Description Village
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 12
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
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
"Corrected: Seven died in Mondays militant attack in Burkina and 39 killed in reprisals - government," Reuters India, January 4, 2019.
"13 dead in Burkina Faso after suspected terrorist attack," Gulf Times, January 2, 2019.
"Armed terrorists kill six people in north Burkina Faso,", January 1, 2019.