Incident Summary:

05/20/2008: On Tuesday, six people, including an American citizen who taught at the nearby university, were killed and six others were wounded when a bomb that was attached to a local city bus that the victims were riding in detonated near the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry building in the capital city of Addis Abab, Adis Abeba province, Ethiopia. No claim of responsibility was made for the incident, however on 05/26/2008 on Monday, Ethiopian police arrested an unknown number of suspects linked to the bombing attack, which is blamed on the Eritrean-backed Oromo Liberation Front (OLF).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Addis Ababa

Near Addis Ababa

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Eritrean Government
Specific Description The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry building was also suspected to be targeted.
Nationality of Target Eritrea
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description An American instructor of a university who was riding a city bus was also targeted.
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity
Specific Description Passengers riding a city bus
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
Unknown explosives were used in the VBIED bombing attack.
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
Oromo Liberation Front (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Press TV, "Bomb Blast Rocks Ethiopian Capital,"§ionid=351020506 (accessed May 21, 2008).
Qatar News Agency, "American University Instructor Killed in Addis Ababa," Lexis Nexis, Qatar News Agency, May 22, 2008.