In Ethiopia’s Restive Oromia Region, 11 Killed in Continued Violence

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Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has not made any recent comments on the unrest that is engulfing major towns in Oromia, including those close to the capital Addis Ababa.

By Elias Meseret (AP) |

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—Eleven people have been killed in clashes in Ethiopia’s restive Oromia region as the country continues to experience anti-government protests that at times lead to ethnic violence, said regional officials said Sunday.

The Oromia and Amhara regional states spokesmen issued statements after a week of unrest in Oromia that reportedly caused major business disruptions and the burning of several vehicles and properties in various locations.

“Eight ethnic Oromos and three Amharas were killed in the Buno Bedele zone of the Oromia region in violence perpetrated by bodies that are trying to sabotage the peace building process that we are embarking on,” Addisu Arega Kitessa, spokesman of the Oromia regional state, said in a Facebook post. “The situation is now under control and those suspected of orchestrating the violence are arrested.”

Reports of the latest killings in the Oromia region came amid widespread social media accusations against the government for running an ethnic-based administration on this east African nation of more than 100 million people. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has not recently commented on the unrest that is engulfing major towns in Oromia, including those close to the capital Addis Ababa.

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