Incident Summary:

02/01/2015: Assailants opened fire on soldiers outside of the presidential palace in Maseru city, Maseru district, Lesotho. A private security guard was killed and two soldiers serving as guards for the president were wounded in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed it to rebels trying to disrupt the election process.

GTD ID:
201502010135

When:
2015-02-01

Country:
Lesotho

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Maseru

City:
Maseru

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Security Guard
Nationality of Target Lesotho
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of Lesotho
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Lesotho
Additional Information
Hostages 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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Lesotho PM's 2 bodyguards attacked, one citizen dead," Philippines News Agency, February 2, 2015."
"Lesotho leader's bodyguards shot," BBC, February 2, 2015."
"Lesotho: South African Deputy President Ramaphosa Condemns Shooting at Presidential Palace," SAPA, February 2, 2015."