Incident Summary:

11/20/1998: An explosion destroyed the Mbabane offices of Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Arthur Khoza of Swaziland. A security guard died and two other men were seriously hurt in the blast and four nearby government cars were damaged. Khoza was not at his office at the time and was unharmed. An anonymous caller claiming to speak on behalf of an organization calling itself The Tigers called The Times of Swaziland newspaper and claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Swaziland Deputy Prime Minister
Specific Description Offices of the Deputy Prime Minister
Nationality of Target Swaziland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tigers Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Swaziland: Security Forces Patrol Capital After Bombing,” Johannesburg SAPA, November 21, 1998.
“Swaziland: Tigers Claim Responsibility For Bomb Blast,” The Times of Swaziland, November 22, 1998.