Incident Summary:

06/16/2017: Assailants raided the Radio Africa No. 1 office in Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon. The assailants forced station employees to broadcast a recorded message and planted an explosive device in the office. There were no reported casualties, and the explosive device was later defused at the scene. This was one of two coordinated attacks in Libreville on this date. Roland Desire Aba'a Minko, a supporter of opposition leader Jean Ping, claimed responsibility for the incidents and demanded that President Ali Bongo Ondimba resign from office.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Telecommunication
Name of Entity Radio Africa No. 1
Specific Description Editorial Office
Nationality of Target Gabon
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
An explosive device, machetes, and clubs were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"Gabon Arrests Opposition Activist After Bomb Threat," Africanews Online, June 17, 2017.
"Commando Group Forces Media House To Broadcast Video Demanding Gabonese President's Departure," Gabon Review, June 16, 2017.