Incident Summary:

03/18/2016: Assailants abducted Salma Said in Dar es Salaam city, Tanzania. Said, a journalist, was beaten and released on March 20, 2016. An unknown group claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that Salma Said was targeted for her reports on elections in Zanzibar.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Deutsche Welle Radio
Specific Description Journalist: Salma Said
Nationality of Target Tanzania
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
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 Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Tanzanian journalist abducted, beaten for Zanzibar election coverage," CPJ Press Freedom, March 22, 2016.
"Tanzanian journalist tells of kidnap ordeal," The Citizen, March 22, 2016.
before election," The Mercury (South Africa), March 22, 2016.