Incident Summary:

06/29/2020: Assailants shot and killed Hachalu Hundessa, a prominent Oromo musician and civil rights activist, in Akaki, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Authorities arrested two suspects in connection to the attack and they confessed to carrying out the attack under the orders of the Oromo Liberation Front. The OLF leadership later denied responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Akaki neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civil Rights Activist: Hachalu Hundessa
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actors
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources blamed the Ethiopian government for carrying out the attack.
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 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ethiopia makes arrests over killing of popular singer," Al Jazeera, July 10, 2020.
"Ethiopian Rebel Group Denies Role in Singer’s Death ," VOA News, July 17, 2020.
"'Several' killed in Ethiopia unrest after singer shot dead," ABC News, July 1, 2020.