Incident Summary:

05/01/2019: Assailants attacked French tourists in Tanguieta district, Atakora, Benin. The driver was killed and two French tourists were abducted in the attack. Both hostages were rescued on May 10, 2019. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Tanguieta district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Tour Guide
Nationality of Target Benin
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Tourists: Patrick Picque, Laurent Lassimouillas
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 9
Outcome Successful Rescue
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Unknown 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
"Kidnapped French tourists were in Benin red zone minister," Press Trust of India, May 11, 2019.
"Freed American hostage in Burkina Faso was destined to be transferred to Al Qaeda, French officials say,", May 14, 2019.
"Two French soldiers killed in an operation that saw freeing of four hostages captured in Benin," EuroNews, May 10, 2019.