Incident Summary:

07/04/2017: Assailants set fire to the Lusaka City Market in Lusaka, Zambia. There were no reported casualties, but the market was significantly damaged in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the United Party for National Development (UPND).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Lusaka City Market
Specific Description Marketplace
Nationality of Target Zambia
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) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Security forces also claimed to carry out the arson on the marketplace, stating that they were angry with the ruling party, the Patriotic Front (PF).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
United Party for National Development (UPND) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"Declaration of near-state of emergency in Zambia likely to drive further violent unrests and disrupt ground transportation," IHS Global Insight, July 6, 2017.
"Zambian leader Lungu warns of 'sabotage' after fire razes biggest market," News24, July 5, 2017.
"Zambia's biggest market gutted, government suspects arson," Reuters Africa, July 4, 2017.