Bank Robberies Sweep Oromia Region

Bank-robberies-sweep-OromiaJanuary 15, 2019 ( - Bank robberies have swept parts of the Oromia region this week, according to Deutsche Welle (DW) Amharic Service.

According to the report, severteen banks have been robbed in the last two days alone.

Six banks were robbed in Wollega, West Oromo region of Ethiopia, yesterday since 11 a.m. local time in Hawa Gelan, Erob Gebeya, Mechara, Sedi Chinka towns in the region.

He added that armed men took unspecified amount of money and abducted bank emplyees, which makes it difficult to know how much money was taken.

Oromia United Bank and Commercial Bank of Ethiopia branches were the targets of the armed robberies.

The militant wing of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) is believed to be behind the robberies.

The gunmen also destroyed two government offices according to DW Amharic news report.

After leaving the situation to deteriorate for months, the federal government has come into action. The national defense forces are now believed to have engaged the OLF militants.

The Ethiopian Air Force launched air strikes yesterday in the region targeting military training facilities of the OLF. (This part of the report was later strongly denied by the government as baseless and spread to mislead the public. It added there was absolutely no need for such an operation as these groups cannot even stand a small defence ground force.)

Since the OLF returned to Ethiopia to operate peaceful, it has failed to disarm according to the terms of its return.

Its leader, Dawud Ibsa, has been trading accusations against the federal government over the nature of the agreement signed in Asmara, even at one point denying that the agreement signed required it to disarm..

Despite the crackdown on other groups, allegedly for corruption and abuse of power, it is unknown why the federal government - now mostly controlled by the Oromo Democracti Party (ODP) - has turned a blind eye to a group that is armed and conducting robberies and abductions in the region.

In recent past, the OLF has also been linked with armed attacks across the Benishangul-Gumuz region, killing dozens of civilians and displacing thousands or people.



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