Incident Summary:

9/11/2002: An explosion rocked the Hotel Tigray located in Addis Ababa city, Addis Ababa state, Ethiopia. One woman was killed and another 37 people were injured in the explosion. Authorities suspect the explosion was caused by a bomb, but are not ruling out the possibility it was caused by the accidental exploding of gas cylinders. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Ethiopian Hotel and patrons
Specific Description Hotel Tigray and patrons of the hotel
Nationality of Target Ethiopia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of Hotel Tigray
Nationality of Target Ethiopia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 37 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 37
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Abebe Andualem, "Explosion in Ethiopian Hotel Kills 1," Associated Press, September 12, 2002.