Terrorism in Ethiopia

The risk of terrorist attacks in Ethiopia over the past years can be classified as low. Compared to other countries so far here are are only a few incedents. Over the past 5 years a total number of 46 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 361 people have been killed and 160 injured.

In 15 incedents a total of 227 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage.

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Most frequent attack targets in Ethiopia

(2013 to 2017)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Private citizens21321103222
Police7845
Business73250
Transportation21360
Political parties2000
Government2030
Military2180
Airports & Aircraft1000
Religious institutions10170
Educational institution1260


Most affected regions

(2013 to 2017)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Amhara167370
Gambela1531880222
Addis Ababa42170
Southern Nations3505
Benishangul-Gumuz21700
Oromia22190
Benshangul-Gumaz1960
Somali1000
Afar1110


Terrorist organisations in Ethiopia

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Al-Shabaab2200
Tepi Youth1105
Benishangul Gumuz People's Liberation Movement11300
Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front1110


All information sourced from the "National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism" (START) and its Global Terrorism Database. An act of terrorism is concidered every incident which is aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal, but not for pure profit motives. In addition these incidents must not be legitimized by warfare activities, listet in the Geneva Conventions of 1949.