Incident Summary:

02/03/2019: Assailants raided Kain, Nord, Burkina Faso. At least 14 civilians were killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) and Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso).



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Kain 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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso) (suspected) No
Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
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
"14 Civilians Killed In Terrorist Attack In Burkina Faso," Daily Independent (Nigeria), February 5, 2019.
"Burkina Faso: Jihadi attack on Yatenga, near Mali, leaves 14 people dead," The North Africa Journal, February 5, 2019.
"Fifteen killed in an attack in northern Burkina Faso,", February 4, 2019.