Terrorism in Burkina Faso

The risk of terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso over the past years can be classified as almost insignificant. Compared to other countries here are only quite a few incedents. Over the past 5 years a total number of 41 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 93 people have been killed and 82 injured.

In 9 incedents a total of 138 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage, though a ransom was rarely (1 times) extorted.

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Most frequent attack targets in Burkina Faso

(2013 to 2017)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Private citizens177360136
Police1433353
Business75859128
Educational institution6422
Government4300
Military3070
Journalists & Media1010
Religious institutions1100


Most affected regions

(2013 to 2017)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Sahel2628149
Centre55557127
Nord3220
Oudalan2131
Kadiogo1100
Sanmatenga1010
Kenedougou1441
Boucle du Mouhoun1100


Terrorist organisations in Burkina Faso

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Ansar al-Islam9920
Muslim extremists6807
Al-Qaida43433128
Boko Haram1110
Islamic State1120


All information sourced from the "National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism" (START) and its Global Terrorism Database. An act of terrorism is concidered every incident which is aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal, but not for pure profit motives. In addition these incidents must not be legitimized by warfare activities, listet in the Geneva Conventions of 1949.