Incident Summary:

04/21/2019: Assailants set fire to trains at Cape Town train station in Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. No casualties were reported, though several train cars were damaged in the blaze. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



South Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Western Cape

Cape Town

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Foreshore area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Metrorail
Specific Description Trains
Nationality of Target South Africa
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
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
"Train coaches worth $2.4m destroyed in blaze in S/Africa’s Cape Town," Journal du Cameroun, April 23, 2019.
"Cape Town train fire: sinister force at work to reverse ANC government gains - Nzimande," News24, April 22, 2019.
"TRAINS IN FLAMES: Unpacking Easter Sunday’s train arson in Cape Town," South Africa News Shafaqna, April 23, 2019.