Administrative, Security Bureau Head of Nekemt city Gunned Down

By Staff Reporter

Nekemte-Oromia-EthiopiaMarch 25, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Teshome Genti, Administrative and Security Bureau Head of Nekemt city in Oromia region in western Ethiopia, was shot dead.

Teshome was killed on Wednesday afternoon by unidentified gunmen near his house in Nekemet city, eyewitnesses told ezega.com.

Administrative and Security Bureau Deputy Head of the regional government Abebe Geressu told local media that he heard Teshome was shot but did not know if he was dead.

It is recalled that last month Administrative and Security Affairs Head of Burayu town, Solomon Tadesse, was shot by unidentified gunmen.

Neither any party claimed responsibility for the killing nor the regional security force apprehend the killers even if the later vowed to do so in the shortest time possible.

It is not clear who carried out the attack and no suspect has been apprehended yet, Abebe said.

Last year, an official of the ethio-telecom Gemechis Tadesse was gunned down by unidentified men.  Similarly, the Oromia Police have not disclosed Gemechis’ murderers since now.

The ruling party had been accusing the rebel wing of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) of killings several ethnic Oromo high-level government officials in western Oromia.

Meanwhile, in another news, 64 Ethiopian migrants died due to asphyxiation as they were traveling from Malawi to Mozambique in a cargo container loaded on to a truck.

Ethiopian embassy in South Africa confirmed that all those who have suffocated to death in a lorry were Ethiopians.

About 14 people have survived the horrible condition and they are being provided with assistance via the embassy, government of Mozambique, IOM office and Ethiopian community in Mozambique.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed and Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew expressed their condolences.

The Prime Minister said, “I learned with a heavy heart of the deaths of many en route to Mozambique from Malawi.”

Foreign Affairs, Gedu Andargachew, also extended his sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and Ethiopians over the tragic loss.

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