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19 Dead After Bus Ambushed in Ethiopian Gambella Region

Bus attacked in GambellaMarch 14, 2012 - Gunmen have attacked a public bus in western Ethiopia near the town of Bonga, killing 19 male passengers, officials say according to AP. One report said the attackers kidnapped five female passengers during their assault on the bus, 20km (12 miles) from the town of Gambella.

Among the 34 passengers that were present, some were injured. Officials did not say as to a reason for the attack. State-owned Ethiopian TV said the attack happened early on Monday.

Security forces have been sent to the area to track down the gunmen and try to find the hostages. Omod Obang Olum, head of the local government, said the victims were Ethiopian residents travelling in a public bus.

He was quoted by the AP news agency as saying the bus was ambushed near a town called Bonga, and that the attackers were carrying machine guns.



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