Incident Summary:

11/17/2019: Assailants ambushed Burundian soldiers in Cibitoke, Burundi. At least eight soldiers were killed, an unknown number of others were wounded, and several others were abducted after the attack. The outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Kibira National Forest.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity National Defense Force (FDN)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Burundi
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Rope or Other Strangling Device
Weapon Details
Rifles were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
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 8 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 8
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
"Gunmen ambush Burundian soldiers: defence ministry," Times LIVE South Africa, November 19, 2019.
"Burundi Army Chief Orders Soldiers To Stay Out Of Politics," Taarifa Rwanda, November 19, 2019.
"Dozens Of Burundi Soldiers Killed In Surprise Attack," Taarifa Rwanda, November 19, 2019.