By Staff Reporter
June 4, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Oromia police said they have captured 48 suspects who are members of a clandestine assassin group operating under the name “Aba Torbe.”
The group members had killed civilians, government officials, and members of law enforcement bodies as well as robbed public properties; Deputy Commissioner of the Oromia Police Commission Girma Gelan has said.
The culprits, who were captured in a special operation, were accused of killings of government authorities in Qelem Wellega, Nekemt and Burayu towns,” Girma said
According to the commissioner, the arrest was made after the regional police had gathered adequate evidence against the suspects. "The majority of the suspects also admitted guilty".
The commissioner further said the suspects have been secretly watched by the National Information and Intelligence Service.
Aba Torbe groups mostly operated in the Oromo region of Ethiopia and are linked to Oromo Liberation Front armed groups. Members of the group are believed to have links with some members of the security forces of the state.
The regional police also arrested another 180 individuals who were allegedly involved in corruption and embezzlement of public resources.
In a briefing on Thursday, the attorney general of the state Daniel Asefa said the suspects uprooted farmers and held 376, 320 square meters of land illegally, and sold it to third party.
According to the attorney general, the suspects acquired the stated land through 112 unreal associations. Corrupt authorities who collaborated with the suspects have been apprehended.
Meanwhile, Addis Ababa police arrested high officials of Balderas for the Genuine Democracy party including its chairman Eskinder Nega for undisclosed reasons.
The officials were arrested in Addis Ababa while giving handouts to the poor whose source of income was affected by coronavirus pandemic in the country.
A total of 15 people were detained at Kara Kore police station in Kolfe Keranio sub-city of the capital. Police said the arrest was made following an order from high government officials.
Ethiopia recorded 150 new cases of the coronavirus, out of the 5,141 laboratory tests conducted in the past 24 hours.
With this, the total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 1,636.
Some 147 of the confirmed cases are Ethiopians, while the remaining three are citizens of the United States.
Of the new cases, 123 are from Addis Ababa, two from Tigray, one from Afar, two from Oromia, three from SNNP, 13 from Amhara, and six from Somali regional states.
Ethiopia has so far conducted a total of 125, 570 laboratory tests, and discharged 250 patients.
There are now a total of 1,366 active cases in Ethiopia, with 16 of them in a severe condition.
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