Incident Summary:

06/23/2018: An assailant threw a grenade at a pro-government rally in Kirkos, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Two people were killed and 156 others were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Oromo Liberation Front.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Kirkos neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Rally in Support of Prime Minister: Abiy Ahmed Ali
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 Grenade
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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Oromo Liberation Front No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 5
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 156 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 156
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Arrests Announced As Death Toll Rises In Ethiopia Attack," AFP (World Service), June 24, 2018.
"Ethiopia charges five with terrorism over bid to assassinate PM," Qatar Tribune, September 29, 2018.
"2 dead, premier unharmed in attack in Ethiopia," The Star (South Africa), June 26, 2018.