Incident Summary:

02/17/2013: Two assailants opened fire on a Catholic priest outside of a church in Zanzibar, Zanzibar West, Tanzania. Evarist Mushi, the priest, was killed in the attack. Muslim Renewal claimed responsibility for the incident, threatening to kill more people and warning that Easter was going to be a particularly deadly time.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Zanzibar West

Near Zanzibar

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity St. Joseph's Parish
Specific Description Catholic Priest: Evarist Mushi
Nationality of Target Tanzania
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim Renewal Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"Catholic priest shot dead in Zanzibar: police," Agence France Presse, February 17, 2013.
"Priest shot dead in Zanzibar," The Daily Telegraph (London), February 18, 2013.
"Shock and Grief As Priest Is Assassinated," All Africa, February 21, 2013.