Attackers kill at least 20 in attack in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region, says official

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Reuters – Gunmen killed at least 20 people last week in western Ethiopia, a regional government official said on Thursday, in what he and two residents described as an attack on civilians from the Amhara ethnic group.

The incident occurred in the district of Limmu Kosa, in the Jimma zone of the Oromiya region.

At least 20 civilians were killed in the attack, the Oromiya regional government’s spokesman Getachew Balcha told Reuters. He said the attackers were from OLF-Shane or Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), a splinter group of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), a formerly banned opposition group that returned from exile after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office.

The Oromo are the country’s largest ethnic group and the Amhara are its second largest. Clashes between people from the two groups killed 18 people in another part of the country earlier this month. read more

The Amhara and Oromiya regions share a border and attacks between the two ethnic groups in border areas have been rising in recent months.

Political and ethnic violence is a major challenge for Abiy, whose political reforms have also encouraged regional powerbrokers seeking to build ethnic power bases after nearly three decades of iron-fisted government.

Two residents also told Reuters that gunmen targeted Amhara residents in last week’s attack.

“I was outside when the armed men came to our village and they started to kill residents and burn houses,” said one of the residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

He said he and neighbours buried 29 people, mostly killed by gunfire, and a few from machete wounds.

That resident also identified the attackers as being from OLF-Shane.

A spokesman for the OLA, Odaa Tarbii, denied the accusation in an emailed comment, and accused the regional forces from the Oromiya region of being responsible for the attack.

He said state security forces left the area, enabling “government-affiliated militiamen” who were not the OLA to storm the area and target and kill Amharas.

The other resident said local security forces did nothing to stop the killings, as armed men went from house to house killing residents. He also said that some of the attackers wore a uniform similar to those used by federal troops.

Ethiopia’s state-run human rights commission said on Saturday that it was monitoring reports of an attack by armed groups in the Limmu Kosa area and that “civilian casualties have already been reported”.

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  1. “It is not necessary to enumerate countries where the people and entire country having lost unity, spiritual or otherwise, have become playgrounds and laughing stocks of outsiders. The historical events of certain countries bear witness to this fact. In our own times, there are those expansionists who by shedding blood, desire to achieve their ambition and by dismembering themselves they are seen as tools for alien interests. Our people from Ethiopia shed blood, to save them from disintegration. Those personalities who believe in freeing a country by secession are selfish and prey to outsiders. We will not accept their motives.” Selected Speeches of HIM Negus Haile Selassie I, page 426
    “Man can only begin an enterprise it is for God to dispose of it to a good end.” HIM Negus Haile Selassie
    Melkam Fasika!
    Long Live the Constitutional Monarchy!
    Long Live the Kebra Negast! Long Live the Fetha Negast!
    Long Live Ethio-Eritrean oneness!
    Fire burn down the neo-colonial witchcraft star of secession
    Rise with the Lion of Judah! Long Live Independent Ethiopia!

  2. “As Ethiopia is one, all Ethiopians are also one, and education is the only way to maintain this condition.” Defender of Faith Haile Selassie I
    The alien imposed federation of ethnic federalism brings tribal conflict from people who in history, had no problem in living together. The educational framework of this sort of federation has emedded division amongst the regions of Ethiopia and its people.
    “Ethiopians are members of one closely knit family. It is neither fair nor legitimate for the interests of one group of this great family to be promoted at the expense of the other.” Haile Selassie I The Lion of Judah hath prevailed

  3. Imperial,

    We are not one, we are different and our strength emanates from our differences. But I think it is time for the nation nationalities to go their own ways.

    ኢትዮዽያ የማንም ዲክቴተር ኢሳያስ መቅለጃ ሆንሽ

    ወይኔ የታለ ዮሀንስ የታለ አሉላ!

    • Agazi rebels along with their fascist masters have always sought to divide Ethiopia on tribal lines, This divide and rule policy, is so unpopular within Ethiopia and its people that it never succeeds, just further delays progress of the nation.
      “Fragmentation of a nation along tribal and ethnic lines is contrary to the will of survival and to force of logic, because even for tribes to survive they must stand together. Hence fragmentation along tribal lines is contrary to the nation’s survival, for there is no tribe strong enough by itself to defend it’s interests . Fragmentation is indeed contrary to the laws of natural itself.” HIM Haile Selassie I
      Long Live the Solomon Dynasty!

  4. Imperial,

    What you are saying may be true but Ethiopia has always been divided across ethnic line. The only thing EPRDF did is regroup them so that they have more power to defend them selves as well as build their culture. It is too late to go back

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