Incident Summary:

12/01/2019: Assailants opened fire inside of the Protestant Church of Hantoukoura in Hantoukoura, Est, Burkina Faso. At least 14 people were killed and several others were injured in the attack. This was one of two similar attacks on the same day. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



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: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Protestant Church of Hantoukoura
Specific Description Church
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 This incident is part of a set of coordinated attacks in which both military and non-military entities were targeted.
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 14 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 14
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
"At least 14 killed in Burkina Faso church attack," BBC, December 1, 2019.
"Militants attack Church in eastern Burkina Faso, kill at least 14 people:Reports," India Blooms, December 2, 2019.
"Fourteen killed in terrorist attack on Burkina Faso church," Premium Times, December 2, 2019.