SA is blamed for Harare bombing


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Tuesday, 13 October 1987

South Africa is blamed for a massive bomb blast in Harare, Zimbabwe in which several people are injured. Unlike other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, Zimbabwe had had a longer relationship with the African National Congress (ANC) military wing. South African covert forces were suspected of having planted the bomb with the aim of killing members of the liberation movement living in exile there. In April that year South Africa had planted a bomb in Gaborone, Botswana that killed three people, for which they denied responsibility.


• Bartlett L.(1987), 'Zimbabwe blames South Africa for bombing that killed woman', from the Associated Press News Archive, 12 May, [online], Available at [Accessed: 9 October 2013]

Last updated : 13-Oct-2014

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011