Incident Summary:

07/19/2017: Assailants opened fire on the residence of Wilton Njanjasi in Kuwadzana, Harare, Zimbabwe. Njanjasi, a Movement for Democratic Change - Tsvangirai (MDC-T) ward councilor, was not harmed, but a security guard was held at gunpoint and injured during the assault. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Zimbabwe African Nationalist Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Kuwadzana
Specific Description Residence of Ward Councillor: Wilton Njanjasi
Nationality of Target Zimbabwe
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Unknown Weapon 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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Zimbabwe African Nationalist Union (ZANU) Patriotic Front No
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
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"Zimbabwean opposition leaders attacked ahead of polls," Anadolu Ajansi, July 19, 2017.
"Upsurge in cases of Politically motivated Violence alarming!!!," The Zimbabwean, July 20, 2017.