Incident Summary:

11/20/2019: Assailants attacked a police base in Arbinda, Sahel, Burkina Faso. One police officer and 18 assailants were killed and seven police officers were injured in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Muslim extremists.



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: Police
Name of Entity National Police
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Anti-tank weapons and assault 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) 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
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 19 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 19
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 18
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"At least three soldiers killed in two attacks on Burkina Faso army positions," Xinhua General News Service, November 22, 2019.
"18 militants killed by Burkina Faso police," Qatar Tribune, November 21, 2019.
"Burkina Faso: 18 jihadists, police officer killed during attack," NAM News Network, November 25, 2019.