Incident Summary:

08/22/2002: Solomon Islands Minister of Sport and Women's Affairs, Rev. Augustine Geve, was shot to death by the Guadalcanal Liberation Front (GLF). GLF leader, Harold Keke, claimed responsibility for the assassination.



Solomon Islands

Australasia & Oceania

region/u.s. state:


Weather Coast

Location Details:
This incident occurred in the Weather Coast region, 120 km southeast of Honiara.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Solomon Islands Ministry of Sport and Women's Affairs
Specific Description Augustine Geve, Minister of Sports and Women's Affairs
Nationality of Target Solomon Islands
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information Keke was later arrested, tried, and convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Guadalcanal Liberation Front (GLF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
"Life term for Solomon warlord," PNG Post-Courier, March 21, 2005.
"Solomons government confirms killing of minister; child latest victim of random violence," Associated Press, August 23, 2002.
"Solomon Islands warlord claims to have assassinated minister," Agence France Presse, August 22, 2002.