More than 30 killed in militia assaults in western Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, September 17

Armed militia males killed greater than 30 folks within the Metakal zone of Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz area, a senior opposition chief informed Reuters on Thursday, the most recent safety headache for reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s authorities.

The assaults, whose victims included ladies and kids, occurred on September 6-13, mentioned Desalegn Chane, a senior member of recent political get together the National Movement of Amhara (NAMA).

“Farmers and members of their families were kidnapped (and) brought to an elementary school in the area where they were handcuffed and shot one by one,” Desalegn mentioned.

Abiy mentioned a gathering on Thursday of the federal and regional authorities had “evaluated the sporadic security incidents that have been occurring, particularly in the border areas”.

“The 29 hostages taken in Benishangul-Gumuz region have been released,” Abiy wrote on Twitter, including the attackers are “groups aimed at overturning the reforms journey”.

Benishangul-Gumuz is a area bordering Sudan.

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission mentioned lots of of civilians have been displaced because of the violence and requested regional authorities to launch an investigation.

“There have been at least two rounds of killings of civilians, and hundreds of civilians have also been displaced,” the fee mentioned in a press release.

Sitotaw Aweke, a farmer and businessman, mentioned he was informed by survivors that his entire household had been killed in an assault whereas he was on the market shopping for garments for his three youngsters for Ethiopia’s new yr, which is widely known on September 11.

“I couldn’t even bury them … every time I look at the clothes I bought for them, I cry,” he informed Reuters by phone.

In June final yr, males in camouflage uniforms killed greater than 50 folks and injured 23 in the identical space. Reuters

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