Incident Summary:

12/0/2011: On or around December 1st, members of the Eritrean Salvation Front (ESF) and the Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization raided a military base in Enda Haji, Eritrea, near the Ethiopian border. The two groups claimed to have killed 17 soldiers, wounded 5 soldiers, and taken 2 more hostage. The rebel groups reported that some of their members were also killed and wounded, but did not give any numbers. No motive for this attack was stated.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Near the town of Tsorono, near the border with Ethiopia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Eritrean Military Base
Specific Description Eritrean Military Base
Nationality of Target Eritrea
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
No mention of any weapon 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) No
Additional Information It appears that the two groups jointly claimed the attack. They do not have competing claims. There is also no information regarding the outcome of the two soldiers taken hostage.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Eritrean Salvation Front (ESF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 17 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 17
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Aaron Maasho, "Eritrea rebels say killed 17 soldiers in raid," Reuters,December 1, 2011.