Incident Summary:

11/13/2020: Assailants fired rockets targeting Gondar airport in Gonder, Amhara, Ethiopia. Two soldiers were killed and 15 were injured in the attack. This was one of two coordinated attacks on airports in the same night. The Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for Ethiopian airstrikes against areas in the Tigray region.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Gondar Airport
Specific Description Military Aircraft
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
A rocket was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 15 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 15
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ethiopian cities hit by rockets from Tigray forces," Times of Oman, November 14, 2020.
"TPLF Bombs Bahir Dar, Gondar Airports; Warns Asmara,", November 14, 2020.
"Secessionist forces in Ethiopia claim attacks on airports and threaten neighboring Eritrea," CE Noticias Financieras English, November 14, 2020.