Incident Summary:

12/03/2019: Assailants attacked a military detachment in Ben, Nord, Burkina Faso. At least three soldiers were killed and four other soldiers were injured in the attack. Additionally, at least 20 assailants were killed and 20 others were injured across this attack and another attack the same day in Toeni. Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) claimed responsibility for the incident.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Ben

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of Burkina Faso
Specific Description Unit
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?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. Additionally, Casualty numbers, for perpetrators, represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 201912020011 and 201912020013.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 10
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 10
"Burkina Faso military wipe out 10 suspected terrorists,", December 3, 2019.
"Burkina Faso forces kill 20 militants after attacks," Miami Herald, December 3, 2019.
"Al-Qaeda group admits losses in latest Burkina Faso attacks," BBC Monitoring, December 10, 2019.