Nassoumbou attack

On 16 December 2016, several dozen heavily armed gunmen attacked an army outpost in Nassoumbou, Soum Province, Burkina Faso, about 30 kilometres (18.6 M) from the border with Mali, leaving at least 12 soldiers dead and 2 others missing. The attack, carried out by about 40 unidentified gunmen riding in pickup trucks and armed with AK-47s and rocket propelled grenades, was directed at an army base which was significantly damaged in the assault. The soldiers killed were members of an elite army counterterrorism unit.[1][2] Billed as "murderous" by President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, this was the second direct attack against the Burkina army since jihadist assailants surfaced in the country in early 2015.[3]

Nassoumbou attack
Part of the Jihadist insurgency in Burkina Faso
Date16 December 2016
Nassoumbou, Soum Province, Burkina Faso
Result Jihadist victory
 Burkina Faso Ansar ul Islam
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Islamic State in the Greater Sahara
Unknown 28-33
Casualties and losses
12 killed
4 wounded
2 killed

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Insurgents shoot dead 12 people". Al Jazeera. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  2. ^ "12 people were shoot dead by terrorist". BBC News. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Attack left at least 12 soldier dead". Reuters. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.