Battle of Wofla
|Battle of Wofla|
|Part of the Abyssinian–Adal war and Ottoman–Portuguese conflicts (1538–57)|
|Adal Sultanate||Ethiopian Empire|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi||Cristóvão da Gama|
600–900 Adal musketeers|
20 Adal horsemen
several thousand foot
About 290 Portuguese musketeers|
23 Ethiopian men
|Casualties and losses|
160 Portuguese killed|
8 Ethiopians killed
The Battle of Wofla was fought on August 28, 1542 near Lake Ashenge in Wofla (or Ofla) in the modern Ethiopian Region of Tigray (previously part of Wollo; between the Portuguese under Cristóvão da Gama and the forces of Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi. Reinforced with a superiority not only in numbers but in firearms, Imam Ahmad was victorious and forced the Portuguese, along with Queen Sabla Wengel and her retinue, to flee their fortified encampment and leave their weapons behind.
While fleeing the battlefield with 14 soldiers, Gama, with his arm broken from a bullet, was captured that night by followers of Imam Ahmad, who had been led into the brush they had taken refuge in by an old woman. He was then brought into the presence of the Imam Ahmad, who tortured his captured opponent, then in the end the Imam drew his sword and beheaded Gama.