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Illicit Firearm Inflow into Ethiopia Increasing - Police

By Staff Reporter

Illicit-arms-flow-increasingNovember 12, 2018 - Ethiopia has become destination for illicit firearms in the last few months mainly due to trafficked from neighboring Sudan, says Ethiopian Police.

The inflow of firearms has increased after high demanded was created in Ethiopia where ethnic clashes are occurring in various parts of the country.

Organized Crime Investigation Director Commander Ketema Debalkie over the weekend said that police has sized thousands of new Turkish made firearms largely pistols, machine guns, Kalashnikovs and bullets while flowing into western and northern Ethiopia primarily fro

More Than 40 Former METEC Officials Detained in Ethiopia

METEC-officials-arrestedNovember 10, 2018 - More than 40 former officials of the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) and members of intelligence community have been detained, according to the Reporter.

METEC management and members of intelligence forces were detained yesterday, November 9, 2018, the report discloses.

The Ethiopian government government has so far not disclosed whether anyone is detained from METEC, much less who these former METEC officials were.

They were taken into custody while they were meeting in the Gerji area in Addis Ababa, in the former Imperial Hotel which the Corporation bought and renamed the Am

Ethiopian Police Discovers Mass Grave of 200 People

Oromia-Somali-BorderNovember 9, 2018 - Ethiopian police disclosed that a mass grave has been found with remains of some 200 people in the border between Oromia and Somali regions, according to FBC report.

According to the report, police were carrying out a court-ordered investigation for evidence of alleged abuses by forces loyal to the former president of the Somali region, Abdi Mohammed, who is now in detention.

Abdi Mohammed, also known as Abdi Illey, was President of Somali regional state of Ethiopia from 2005 until August 6, 2018.

The current Ethiopian government in Addis Ababa

Thousands of Demonstrators Demand Justice for People of Wolkaite, Alamata Areas

By Staff Reporter

Amhara-demonstrationsOctober 29, 2018 -- Tens of thousands of demonstrators on Sunday took the streets of Bahir Dar, Gondor, Dessie and Debre Birhan cities and surrounding areas of the Amhara regional state of Ethiopia.

The demonstrators called on the federal government to interfere over the identity questions of the people living in Welqait, Raya and Alamata zones.

Welqait, Raya and Alamata towns have been administered by the Tigray regional state after the ruling EPRDF introduced a federal system and established language based regional boundary some 27 years ago.

“Our brothers and sisters in Wolqait and Alama

Demonstrators Demand Justice for Attacks in Benishangul Gumuz State

By Staff Reporter

Nekemte-Oromia-EthiopiaOctober 27, 2018 - Thousands of demonstrators on Saturday took to the streets of Nekemet city in Oromia regional state in Ethipia. The Demonstrators Demand Justice for Attacks in Benishangul Gumuz State, asking the government take legal measures against those forces who allegedly killed at least 50 people in Benishangul Gumuz regional state in western Ethiopia.

Last month, more than 100,000 ethnic Oromos and Amharas, mainly from Kamashi zone of Benishangul Gumuz state, fled planned attacks from their neighborhoods and sheltered in bordering east and west Welega zones of Oromia regional state.

US, UK Embassies Launch Media Support Program in Ethiopia

USUK-mdeia-support-EthiopiaOctober 23, 2018 - The embassies of the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America launched Media Support Program in Ethiopia today, according to FBC report.

The program was launched in support of the ongoing reform in Ethiopia. The program is meant to facilitate government communication with independent media in Ethiopia.

The “Supporting Communication between Government and Journalists” program is part of ongoing efforts to support the Ethiopia’s political reform process, according to a statement issued by the US embassy.

Among other things, the project will focus on skill developmen

Ethiopian Police to File Charges Against 83 Individuals for Recent Violence in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

83-charged-violence-addis-ababaOctober 17, 2018 - The Federal Police Commission is to file charges against 83 youth who were allegedly involved in violence which claimed at least 28 people in the capital, Addis Ababa, in the middle of September this year.

The Federal Police detained a total of 1, 204 suspected youth in Addis Ababa following clashes between supporters of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and residents of Addis Ababa over whose flags should be raised along the streets of the capital.

Zeyinu said the over 1100 suspects will be released next Thursday if the necessary logistics are fulfilled, if not they w

Ethiopian Soldiers Apologize for Marching on PM Office

Ethiopian-soldiers-apologizeOctober 12, 2018 - Members of the Ethiopian Defence forces who marched into Prime Minister's office demanding better benefits have apologized to the people and government of Ethiopia, according to FBC report.

In a discussion held today with Motuma Mekassa, Minister of Ethiopian Defense Force, and General Seare Mekonnen, Chief of Staff of the Defense Force, the soldiers admitted that it was wrong to do it this way to express their grievances.

The army members went to the Prime Minister’s Office with guns but were disarmed at the gates.

Motuma said investigation will be held to identify the leaderships

Ethiopian Court Gives Prosecutors Ten Days in Abdi Illey Case

By Staff Reporter

Abdi-Illey-in-courtOctober 8, 2018 - The Federal High Court in Ethiopia gave prosecutors an additional 10 days ultimatum on Monday to conclude the investigations against the former President of the Ethiopian Somali regional state, Abdi Mohammed Omer, a.k.a Abdi Illey, and three other former senior officials of the state.

Police accuses the state’s former president and his former ministers of criminal charges for allegedly organizing the local youth to cause death and displacement of many people in the territory.

The defendants were accused of committing human rights violations as well as instigating ethnic and religion-bas

Violence Displaces More Than 90,000 People in Benishangul Gumuz State

By Staff Reporter

Violence-EthiopiaOctober 4,2018 - The number of displaced people fleeing the attack and violence by armed gangsters in Benishangul Gumuz regional state has jumped to 90,000, a senior Ethiopian official disclosed on Thursday.

Speaking to the media, Debebe Zewedie, Public Relations and Communications Director of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission said about 16,182 households comprising of 91,348 people have been displaced following the attacks and violence that occurred in different parts of Benishangul Gumuz state, mainly in Kamashi zone of the regional state.

Some reports put the number of displaced people from the

4 Dead as Drunk Police Officer Goes on Shooting Spree at Bole Road

Bole-road-shootingOctober 4, 2018 - Two federal police members were killed in an attack carried out by another federal police officer in Addis Ababa Bole road area.

The attacker, who is also a federal police member, was shot dead, according to Zeynu Jemal, Commissioner of the Federal Police Commission.

The assailant was reportedly drunk, the Commissioner told FBC today.

According to reports, the person was security personnel at the a building where members of parliament reside on Bole road.

Eyewitnesses describe the shooter shooting in different directions, causing panic in the neighborhood.

Bole road was c

Who is Behind the Violence and Attacks in Ethiopia?

By Guest Writer

Violence-EthiopiaSeptember 29, 2018 – Over the last few years, ethnic based violence and attacks have hit different parts of Ethiopia one after another. The latest occurred this month in Burayu town of Oromia regional state and its environs, as well as on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, the capital.

Ethnic and religion-motivated deadly bloodsheds have claimed the lives of hundreds of people and displaced tens of thousands of others in many parts of the country, including in Somali state, Mizan Tepi of Oromia State, Hawassa city of Southern Ethiopia state, the capital of Benishangul Gumuz state, and very recently in Burayu town and its env

Jigjiga Hospital Named After Meles Zenawi Changing Its Name

Name-change-JigjigaSeptember 29, 2018 - Reflecting the changing times, a referral hospital in Jigjiga city, the capital of Somali regional state, is dropping its former name and assuming a new one. The hospital in question is Meles Zenawi Memorial Referral Hospital located in Jigjiga, Somali regional state of Ethiopia.

The corner stone for the hospital was laid by former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in 2011. It was inaugurated in 2016 by former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Since the hospital was built, it was being administered by Jigjiga University.

The hospital is believed to be equiped with modern equipment, according to the report

28 People Killed in Recent Violence in Addis Ababa - Police

By Staff Reporter

28-dead-Ethiopian-policeSeptember 24, 2018 - A total of 28 people were killed in Addis Ababa following the recent deadly clashes between supporters of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and the city’s residents over dispute on flag posts along the streets of the capital.

In a press conference on Monday, Commissioner of the Addis Ababa Police Major General Degfie Bedi said 21 of the victims were beaten, stoned and stabbed to death, while other seven people were shot dead by security officers.

The clashes occurred after OLF’s supporters were denied to raise flags and paint the road for the reception of their leaders by

Ethiopian Police Seizes 50 Smuggled Pistols

By Staff Reporter

Smuggled-guns-EthiopiaSeptember 21, 2018 - 50 pistols were seized as they were smuggled to the capital city Addis Ababa, the federal police commission said on Thursday.

The weapons were captured in a surprise search carried out by members of Crime Prevention and Law Enforcement Division of the federal police at the entrance check point to the north of the capital

The Turkish made pistols were wrapped up with a sack and loaded on Isuzu car, plate number 3-78008 AA when discovered by the federal police.

The weapons, which were covered by house furniture and bottles, were first loaded at Gondar city of Amhara regiona

Suspects of Brutal Attack on the Outskirt of Addis Ababa Appear Before Court

By Staff Reporter

Burayu-attack-EthiopiaSeptember 20, 2018 - Hundreds of suspects appreared before court on Thursday charged with recent deadly attacks in Burayu town of Oromia regional state and on the outskirt of Addis Ababa.

Police said in today’s bench trial, the court heard responses of 60 suspects, 40 of whom were allegedly involved in planned killing of people in the town of Burayu and its environs.

According to the police, the defendants allegedly killed 27 people and wounded 195 others as well as robbed and destroyed properties.

Police have so far seized 5 Kalashnikov rifles and 12 pistols in an operation carried out in the con

Death Toll Due to Weekend Ethnic Attacks Higher than Government Estimates

Ethiopia-death-tollSeptember 20, 2018 - The death toll due to weekend deadly ethnic-based attacks around Addis Ababa is estimated to be higher than the Ethiopian government figures, according to online report by Rappler. Citing Agence France Presse and Amnesty International, the website reorts that the death toll may be at least 58, but could be as high as 65.

These estimates do not include those shot by police, which are reportedly five, in the midst of fire arm snatching and lootings.

So far the Ethiopian government estimates just 23 dead due to attacks in various areas around the capital.

Another source involved in the investigation, to

Ethiopian Police Arrests Rioters in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

Addis-Ababa-RiotSeptember 14, 2018 - Ethiopian Police on Friday arrested unspecified members of Ethinc Oromo and Addis Ababa city dwellers who were allegedly involved in inciting violence in some parts of the capital, Addis Ababa.

The majority of the people were apprehended by the federal police at Arada sub city where they clashed with the city dwellers who claimed the Oromo nationals were heading to demolish Minilik II monument.

On Friday, anti-riot police have tightened security around Saint George Church where they used tear gas to disperse the rioters while the members of national defence forces patrol the capital with snipers

Ethiopian Defense Forces Celebrate New Year in Mekelle

Defense-celebration-Mekelle-EthiopiaSeptember 8, 2018 - The Ethiopian National Defense Force North Division celebrated the Ethiopian New Year in Mekelle yesterday.

In attendance were President of Ethiopia Mulatu Teshome, Tigray Deputy Administrator Dr Debretsion Gebremichael, and Chief or Staff of National Defense Force Saare Mekonnen.

President Mulatu called on the National Defense Force to scale-up efforts to defending peace, the constitution, and sovereignty of the country.

Dr Debretsion Gebremichael said the Defense Force of Ethiopia is fulfilling its responsibilities given to it by the people and government of Ethiopia.

Lightning Strike Kills Two People in Northeastern Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Lightning-strike-Afar-EthiopiaSeptember 3, 2018 - Lightning strikes killed two people in Afar regional state in northeastern part of Ethiopia and claimed the lives of sheeps and goats.

The strike occurred around 10 PM yesterday at Fanti Resu Golina district of the regional state, one of Ethiopia’s developing regional states, with majority arid and semi-arid climate conditions.

It also claimed the lives of two sheep and 45 goats.

According to information reached to, the lightning strikes occurred in two places but within the same district.

Two people, six goats and two sheeps were ki


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