Incident Summary:

01/20/2003: Presumed members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) attacked the Chidakirire Building in Kuwadzana, Zimbabwe with petrol bombs before attacking the occupants with whips and knives. Police said the politically motivated attack resulted in eight injuries, of which one was serious.

GTD ID:
200301200002

When:
2003-01-20

Country:
Zimbabwe

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Harare

City:
Kuwadzana

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Violent Political Party
Name of Entity Zimbabwe African National Union: Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF)
Specific Description Building
Nationality of Target Zimbabwe
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
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
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 15
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Sources
“Zimbabwe militants petrol bomb building injuring eight, police arrest 16,” AFX European Focus, January 21, 2003.
“MDC denies alleged role in petrol bomb attack on ZANU-PF office,” The Star, January 22, 2003.