Incident Summary:

11/19/2008: On Wednesday evening at 2000, a bomb detonated in the Criminal Investigative Division headquarters of the Zimbabwean police in Harare, Zimbabwe. According to a police spokesman, the device caused structural damage and broke out multiple windows. There were no casualties reported in this incident and no group claimed the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place at the Criminal Division Headquarters of the Zimbabwean police department in Harare.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Zimbabwe Police
Specific Description Target was the Criminal Investigative Division HQ at Morris Depot in Harare.
Nationality of Target Zimbabwe
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Unknown explosives were used in the attack.
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 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
BBC Monitoring Africa, "Zimbabwe: Police Confirms Bomb Explosion at Security Agency HQ," Lexis Nexis, BBC, November 19, 2008.
New Zimbabwe, "Police Confirms Bomb Explosion at Security Agency HQ," World News Connection, New Zimbabwe, November 19, 2008.