Incident Summary:

04/25/2010: On Sunday, in the Adi Haro district of Tigray, Ethiopia, unknown assailants detonated an improvised explosive device in a café, killing five people and injuring 20 others. The attack caused an unknown amount of property damage. No group claimed responsibility for the attack although Ethiopian officials blamed the attack on agents from Eritrea, accusing them of attempting to disrupt upcoming elections in Ethiopia.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Adi Haro

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians at a café
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 Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device 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
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 5 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jane’s Intelligence, “IED Attack Kills Five in Ethiopia,” Terrorism Watch Report, April 26, 2010.
Agence France Presse, "Bomb Blast Kills Five in Ethiopia," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, April 25, 2010.
Al Jazeera, "Eritrea Blamed for Ethiopia Blast," LexisNexis Academic, Al Jazeera, April 25, 2010.