Incident Summary:

10/05/2019: Assailants opened fire in Ataye, Amhara, Ethiopia. Three civilians were killed and four others were wounded in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Oromo Liberation Army faction of the Oromo Liberation Front, who denied involvement.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Ataye Town
Specific Description Town
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
Firearms Unknown Gun 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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Oromo Liberation Front (suspected) Oromo Liberation Army No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"At Least Five Killed, Four Wounded in Ongoing Attacks in Amhara State of Ethiopia,", October 8, 2019.
"Oromo Liberation Front reportedly launched military activity in Ataye, at least three killed,", October 8, 2019.
"Reports of exchange of fire in Ataye, other areas in Amhara region,", October 7, 2019.