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Officials arrested in response to massacre of civilians in Ethiopia

Dec 24, 2020
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Officials arrested in response to massacre of civilians in EthiopiaAddis Ababa, Dec 24 (Prensa Latina) Ethiopian authorities arrested five officials accused of being directly or indirectly associated with the recent massacre of civilians in Metekel, a town in the regional state of Benishangul-Gumuz, an official statement highlights.
According to the communiqué, these citizens did not fulfill their responsibilities or created security breaches, which facilitated the heineous attack carried out in the Bekuji Kebelle village of the city of Bulen, where at least 100 civilians were killed and many more were injured.

Tomas Kuwi, from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the region, Adigo Amsaya, former deputy head of the regional state, Shiferaw Cheliso, former director of the Science and Technology Agency, Banding Mara, top official of the Prosperity Party in Metekel, and Arega Balbid, a former leader of the area, are imprisoned under these accusations.

Information from the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission indicated that around 500 individuals broke into the place on Wednesday, gunned down some of the victims and stabbed others, in addition to setting fire to several private properties and state institutions.

Likewise, the bloody assailants, still unidentified, harassed and wounded dozens of residents, destroyed homes, crops and damaged means of production, among other acts of vandalism in the demarcation, which is inhabited by various ethnic groups.

According to survivors, the atrocious attack is a consequence of recent tensions among ethnic communities in the area, and was committed by members of the Gumuz ethnic group against residents of the Amhara, Shinasha and Oromo groups, but there are no details in this regard.

As part of the government reaction, the National Defense Force neutralized ’42 anti-peace elements’ and seized ‘firearms, bows and arrows,’ a report from the regional communication affairs office indicated.

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