Incident Summary:

02/23/2013: Assailants firebombed the house of a Movement for Democracy and Change (MDC) party official in Headlands village, Manicaland province, Zimbabwe. The official's son was killed. There was no claim of responsibility for this attack; however, MDC officials attributed the incident to the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
Specific Description Senior Regional Official: Shepherd Maisiri
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the attack may have been carried out by the Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), a rival political group.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Zimbabwe African Nationalist Union (ZANU) (suspected) Patriotic Front No
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
"Zimbabwean Boy, 12, Killed in Suspected Political Attack," AFP (World Service), February 25, 2013.
"PARTY UNDER ATTACK," The Nelson Mail (NZ), February 27, 2013.