Incident Summary:

12/24/2019: Assailants, including a suicide bomber, attacked a military base in Arbinda, Sahel, Burkina Faso. This was one of two related attacks in Arbinda on this date. At least 80 assailants and 35 others were killed and 26 others, including 20 soldiers and six civilians, in addition to an unknown number of assailants were injured across both attacks. The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) claimed responsibility for the incident.



Burkina Faso

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Burkinabe Army
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Burkina Faso
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 201912240003 and 201912240004. 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
Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 58 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 58
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 40
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Burkina Faso: Many women killed in suspected jihadist attack," BBC, December 25, 2019.
"Islamic State group claims responsibility for Burkina Faso attack on military base," France24, December 27, 2019.
"4th LD: 35 civilians killed in Burkina Faso attack," Xinhua General News Service, December 25, 2019.