Incident Summary:

09/26/2003: Two people were killed and nine injured when a bomb exploded on a passenger train in Ethiopia. The train was bound from Djibouti to Addis Ababa when the explosion occurred in the town of Adigale. There was no claim of responsibility but the Omoro Liberation Front (OLF) has been blamed.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Adi Quala

Location Details:
Near the city of Adi Quala

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Ethiopian civilians
Specific Description Train traveling from Djibouti to Addis Ababa
Nationality of Target Ethiopia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Time Fuse
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
Additional Information The Omoro Libertion Front (OLF) is the prime suspect in this bombing. However, the OLF itself has denied that it was responsible.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Oromo Liberation Front (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 9 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 9
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two killed, nine injured in train blast in Ethiopia," Agence France-Presse, September 26, 2003.
Ethiopian Television, Addis Ababa, September 29, 2003.
Integrated Regional Information Network, Nairobi, September 29, 2003.