Incident Summary:

02/15/2019: Assailants opened fire on a customs post in Nohao, Centre-Est, Burkina Faso. At least four customs officers were killed in the attack. This was one of two similar attacks in the same area on the same day. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM), Ansar al-Islam (Burkina Faso). Sources also suspected the involvement of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS).



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: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Burkina Faso
Specific Description Customs Post
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?Yes
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) No
Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) (suspected) No
Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
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
"Spanish missionary killed in attack in Burkina Faso," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, February 16, 2019.
"Spanish Priest, Customs Officers Die In Burkina Attack," AFP (World Service), February 16, 2019.
"Spanish priest, customs officers killed in Burkina Faso," News24, February 17, 2019.