Incident Summary:

05/23/2002: 7 individuals from Johanne Marange Apolistic Church members were killed when they drank tea spiked with pesticides in Nyazura, Zimbabwe. In addition, 47 other people became ill in the attack.

GTD ID:
200205230005

When:
2002-05-23

Country:
Zimbabwe

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Manicaland

City:
Nyazura

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Johanne Marange Apolistic Church
Specific Description Members of the Johanna Marange Apolistic Church.
Nationality of Target Zimbabwe
Additional Information
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Chemical
Weapon Details
Pesticides
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 47 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 47
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
“Zimbabwe: Handle Chemical Containers Correctly,” The Herald. Africa News, May 24, 2002.
“Seven Die as Zimbabwe Sect Members Drink Poisoned Tea: Report,” Agence France Press, May 23, 2002.
“Zimbabwe: Five Poison Victims Still in Hospital,” The Herald. Africa News, May 24, 2002.