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European tourists targeted in an attack in Southern Ethiopia

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Ten European tourists that were visiting South- Western Ethiopia were attacked that left their driver dead and one tourist injured.

The attack, which reportedly happened around Mizan Teferi town, is thought to be carried out for theft as the tourists’ cash and credit cards were stolen. While six of the tourists were Slovaks, the remaining are said to be Czech citizens.

According to media reports, the attack happened on last Monday (Nov. 12) as the tourists were travelling in four Land Cruisers to Surma. The attack has left a driver with the Lemlemitua Hagere tour company dead and one Slovak tourist injured.

The Ethiopian Tourism Organization has confirmed that the attack was carried out by four people and its aim was for robbery. Public Relations Head of the Organization, Getnet Yigzaw, has also confirmed that the tourists’ driver was killed but insisting that it was carried out only to carry out robbery. He added that it is not yet clear whether the attackers were members of the Surma tribe.