Incident Summary:

02/21/2020: Assailants opened fire on Solomon Tadesse, the Burayu police chief, in Burayu, Oromia, Ethiopia. Tadesse was killed and three people, including another police commander, were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Oromo Liberation Front and the Abu Torbe group.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Ethiopia
Specific Description Government Officials
Nationality of Target Ethiopia
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Ethiopian Federal Police (EFP)
Specific Description Burayu Police Chief: Solomon Tadesse
Nationality of Target Ethiopia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Aba Torbe No
Oromo Liberation Front No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"6 Ethiopians arrested for suspected involvement in grenade attack," Xinhua General News Service, February 24, 2020.
"Oromia Police Blames Rebel Forces for Recent Attack in Burayu Town,", February 23, 2020.
"Ethiopia: At least 29 people reportedly wounded in a grenade attack in Ambo town,", February 23, 2020.