Incident Summary:

02/28/1999: A bomb exploded at the Angolan Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia, killing a security guard and wounding another. Authorities suspected that the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) was responsible for this attack. In addition to this bombing, four other areas were also attacked on this day.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Angolan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description Angolan Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia
Nationality of Target Angola
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?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of five related attacks (cf. 199902280001-5). Reports also noted that two additional bombs were discovered and defused, however the location of those bombs was not disclosed.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"One killed at Angolan embassy as bombs rock Zambian capital,” Agence France Presse, February 28, 1999.
"Bombs explode in five areas of Zambian capital, one killed,” The Associated Press, February 28, 1999.
Mildred Mulenga, “One killed as five blasts rock the Zambian capital,” The Associated Press, February 28, 1999.