80 Individuals Arrested for Alleged Burning of Religious Institutions

By Staff Reporter

Temesgen-TirunehJanuary 8, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Amhara regional state said 80 individuals have been apprehended so far on suspensions of burning multiple mosques and a church last month in Mota town in the same region.

Briefing journalists on current issues, the President of the regional government Temesgen Tiruneh said the suspects include those members of Islamic group with different faith which is not acceptable by the legally recognized and early Muslim settlers in the town.

The early Muslim settlers have reportedly quarreled with the newcomer Islam variant otherwise known as Wahhabi that reportedly threatened to crackdown on Mosques belonging to the early Islam settlers.

He said members of Wahhabi have been arrested for alleged involvement in the burning of the Mosques. This Islamic group also was accused of inciting religious clashes between members of orthodox Christians and early Muslim settlers.

Late last month, the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council said it will call for nationwide demonstrations if the government fails to give proper and immediate responses to its demands in connection with the burning of mosques and business establishments in Mota town of Amhara state.

Temesgen said the regional government would finance the reconstruction of the mosques and a church as well as business establishments that were burned down last month.

According to the president, the regional police have apprehended another 50 individuals allegedly for involvement in the kidnapping of children and drivers in Armachaho district of the state. The kidnappers have been demanding ransom in exchange for the hostages.

Last week, six children were gunned down in the same district by kidnappers whose number was reportedly on the rise. Temesgen said some of the alleged killers of the children have been apprehended.

The president further disclosed his government has got information that ethnic Amhara students were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in Oromia state.

Temesgen said the students were kidnapped when coming from universities located in Oromia state fleeing the ethnic-based attacks on campuses.

The federal police, however, were indifferent about the abductions, the president added, indicating a far deeper problem in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, two children were killed by unidentified gunmen in Amaro special District in Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Region of Ethiopia on Tuesday.

According to the district’s culture, tourism and communication bureau, the victims were 14 and 15 years old, respectively.

Amare Aklilu Culture, Tourism and Communication Bureau head said the killers are believed to come from the neighboring Guji zone of Oromia zone.

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