Incident Summary:

3/3/2001: Three suspected members of the Liberation War Veterans Association shot and killed Gloria Olds at her farm in Nyamandlovu, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. Olds was the mother of an opposition activist that had been killed the previous year. She was the eighth white farmer to be killed since veterans and militants began seizing farms in the area.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Matabeleland North


Location Details:
A farm in Nyamandlovu, approximately 70 kilometers from Bulawayo

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description Gloria Olds, the mother of a prominent opposition activist that had been killed the previous year
Nationality of Target Zimbabwe
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
AK-47 rifle
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information Although sources state that the attack was likely politically motivated, one source does note that the truck was stolen, indicating the possibility of purely economic motive.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Liberation War Veterans Association (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Murdered Zimbabwe farmer's mother shot dead on farm," Agence France-Presse, March 4, 2001.
Michael Hartnack, "Farm violence in Zimbabwe claims another victim," Associated Press, March 4, 2001.
"Gunmen kill white woman farmer in Zimbabwe," Reuters, March 4, 2001.