Incident Summary:

08/17/2000: A group of unknown perpetrators committed an arson attack on Radio One FM in Gambia during which its proprietor George Christensen and his night watchman sustained severe injuries.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Gambia Radio
Specific Description Radio 1 FM in Gambia
Nationality of Target Gambia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
The men who attacked the station sprayed tear gas on the proprietor and a staff member who suffered serious injuries. Later they set fires inside Radio One's facilities.
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
Additional Information The arson attack came in the wake of continuous harassment of journalists of the independent press in Gambia.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"Gambia: Public condemns Radio 1 FM arson attack," The Independent, August 21, 2000.
"Gambia; WAJA, GPU condemn arson attack on Radio 1FM," Africa News, August 21, 2000.