Incident Summary:

02/02/2019: Assailants abducted four Red Cross employees while traveling near Djibo, Sahel, Burkina Faso. One hostage was released as of March 23, 2019 and two other hostages were released as of April 29, 2019. The fate of the remaining hostage is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso) and Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM).



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Djibo

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Specific Description Employees
Nationality of Target International
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
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) No
Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou US Embassy PAS Press Summary 04 February 2019," Summary, February 4, 2019.