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One person died and seven people were hurt, several seriously, say police.
Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena said about 50 young men drove into Harare's western Kuwadzana township on Monday night, smashing property and assaulting pedestrians before throwing petrol bombs at the offices.
A parliamentary by-election is expected to take place soon, following the death in police custody last year of an opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) MP, Learnmore Jongwe.
Police are blaming the attack on opposition supporters and have made 16 arrests.
Mr Bvudzijena said the attack appeared aimed at "provoking political violence on a wider scale".
MDC officials say it is the work of militant supporters of President Robert Mugabe.
They say Zanu-PF is waging a violent campaign to win the seat in the Kuwadzana constituency by trying to intimidate voters. The MDC won almost all urban seats in parliamentary elections in June 2000.
Widespread political intimidation and persecution of opposition supporters has been reported in recent months.
Last week, MDC MP Job Sikhala and human rights lawyer Gabriel Shumba said they were tortured by police while being held in police custody.
Both appeared in court over the weekend and were then released on bail.
At a news conference in Harare, Mr Sikhala said he was severely tortured all over his body "for a solid eight hours" including having electrodes attached to his genitals.
"They also used planks to beat under my feet and over the entirity of my body... I am still in pain."
He said he was then forced to drink poison which they said was urine.
Zimbabwe is in the grip of a major food crisis affecting more than half of the country's population.
President Mugabe's government is accused of withholding food aid from opposition supporters.
Some England players have doubts about Zimbabwe
The International Cricket Council has left the door open for a possible U-turn on cricket World Cup matches being moved from Zimbabwe.
ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed is returning to the southern African country on Wednesday with Dr Ali Bacher, who is chief executive of the World Cup organising committee.
The ICC gave Zimbabwe the all-clear in November but now want to make sure a comprehensive security plan is in place before giving six World Cup matches the final go-ahead.
Cricket's governing body will move matches from the country, which is in political and economical turmoil, only if it believes the safety of players is in doubt.