Incident Summary:

07/18/2009: On Saturday night, in Antananarivo, Madagascar, two security guards were killed in an attack on a private radio station, Viva. According to police officer Colonel Richard Ravalomanana, unidentified assailants that were trying to plant a bomb inside the radio station killed the two. The attackers fled without planting the explosive after an exchange of fire with soldiers stationed inside. The station is owned by new interim President Andry Rajoelina. No group claimed responsibility.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Telecommunication
Name of Entity Viva Radio Station
Specific Description The attack targeted a private radio station.
Nationality of Target Madagascar
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms and 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
Additional Information The attack is considered successful because the assailants fired on and killed two security guards.
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 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
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"Agence France Presse, "Madagascar: Rajoelina Withdraws from Mediation Efforts Following 'Bomb Attacks'," World News Connection, Agence France Presse, January 4, 2010."
"Jane's Intelligence, "Militants Kill Security Guards Outside Madagascan Capital," Terrorism Watch Report, January 4, 2010."