Eighteen people are confirmed dead – Thousands flee Ethiopia clashes – BBC

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Eighteen people are confirmed dead following protests which erupted in towns in the east of the country, Adisu Arega, spokesperson of the Oromia regional government, told the BBC.

He said 12 of the dead were ethnic Somalis while the remaining six were Oromos.

The spokesman said that the trouble began when a special unit of police from the neighbouring Somali region arrested officials from Oromia, who were then killed.

This sparked protests and clashes between the two communities in eastern Ethiopia.

Over the past few weeks there have been clashes in several villages on both sides of the border separating Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regions.

The spokesperson of the Oromia regional government alleged that a special police and militia force of the Somali regional government as well as armed soldiers from the republic of Somalia had carried out killings deep inside Oromia region.

Officials on the other side of the regional border have a very different view on the events.

Mohammed Bile, an adviser of the Somali regional state president, told the BBC that the Oromo regional police were carrying out attacks against civilians at the regions common border.

“They are targeting unarmed peaceful Somali civilians in those areas,” he said.

Source: BBC

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3 Responses to Eighteen people are confirmed dead – Thousands flee Ethiopia clashes – BBC

  1. Bekuma Kabbada

    September 15, 2017 at 3:57 AM

    From its beginning who start attacking peaceful Oromo it is the Somale Special Police not Oromo peoples or Oromia Officials. Because this special forces are supported by EPRDF defense forces to attack Our peoples. They try to cheat the world medias.

  2. Kumneger

    September 15, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Why is it very difficult for oromo ppl to live peacefully with the rest of Ethiopia? Isnt it possible to solve problems peacefuly? We only have one country. And I dont want my country to be the next Somalia or Libya. We all should learn to appriciate what we have in our hand. I know it is not perfect but I am sure violence is not a better alternative.

  3. Dr Frank Ashall

    September 17, 2017 at 7:46 AM

    The Ethiopian government is up to what it does best. It creates ethnic conflict through deceitful schemes, then pretends to be the peaceful and concerned government that is trying to calm the conflict. There is nothing more insidiously wicked on Earth than the Ethiopian regime!