Another 14 People Gun Down in Western Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Benishangul-Gumuz-killed-14-killedOctober 10, 2020 ( -- Armed men killed at least 14 innocent people once again in Guba and Dangur districts in Benishangul Gumuz regional state of western Ethiopia amid tight security.

The region’s Peace and Security Head Gashu Duga confirmed the shooting of 14 people on October 6-7 in the two districts by an armed group. He said several members of the 'bandits' were killed down or apprehended in counter attacks by the joint forces of the government.

The head said five Kalashnikovs and ten old-fashioned rifles were seized. It is not clear why the high presence of security forces in two and other four districts in the region had failed to defend the victims.

Rights groups and opposition political parties accused the government of failing to protect targeted ethnic Amhara, Agew and Shinasha people in the volatile region

The armed men have killed more than 100 people since four months in the Metekel zone of the region which fell under military rule for more than a year.

Mid last month, the Ethiopian National Defense Force dismissed reports that it deployed troops too late to stop targeted killings in the Metekel zone.

The federal government late last month sacked at least 40 officials in the regional state for  alleged links with the armed group.

Meanwhile, an anti government rally is set to be held across Ethiopia’s Oromia region on Friday October 9, 2020, demanding the government to step down and form a caretaker government instead.

The rally was called online by anti-government forces abroad and the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) which claimed Prime Minister’s Abiy Ahmed’s government is no longer a legitimate one to rule the nation.

In a video message, ex-leader of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) Dawud Ibssa called on the people of Oromia and other ethnic people in the region to join forces to overthrow the ruling government.

“We, the nation’s peoples, would enter into never ending chaos if the chance to establish a transitional government now is missed” The chaos would affect not only the people of Oromo but others who live in the region,” Dawud said.

Colonel Abebe Geresu, advisor to the Oromia Security Office described the ex-chairman’s call as “nonsense.”

“We can not arrest suspects based on information they released on social media and Dawud would be brought before justice like his comrades if the message incites unrest in the region” Abebe added.

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