Incident Summary:

12/19/2018: An explosive device detonated targeting a minibus between Tongo and Asosa in Benishangul-Gumuz, Ethiopia. At least 10 people were killed and one person was 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:



Location Details:
The incident occurred between Tongo and Asosa.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Minibus
Nationality of Target Ethiopia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Land Mine
Weapon Details
A roadside landmine 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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Oromo Liberation Front No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ten Killed In Ethiopian Blast," AFP (World Service), December 19, 2018.
"Bomb explosion kills 10 in Ethiopia," MSN International Edition, December 20, 2018.
"BBCM Africa Watchlist for 20 December," BBC Monitoring, December 20, 2018.