Incident Summary:

09/03/2008: On Wednesday, at 1700, in Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia, a bomb exploded in a busy sports bar, killing seven civilians, wounding 24 others, and damaging the bar. No group claimed responsibility.




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
Specific Description A sports bar
Nationality of Target Ethiopia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians were targeted.
Nationality of Target Ethiopia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An unknown explosive type was used in the 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
Additional Information The available sources listed the fatalities for these attacks from 6 to 8 so these figures have been averaged in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
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 7 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"National Counterterrorism Center, "Eight Civilians Killed, 24 Others Wounded in Bombing in Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, October 1, 2008."
"Lexis Nexis, "Toll Rises to Six in Ethipia Blast," Agence France Presse, September 4, 2008."