Mass killing leaves 200 dead in Ethiopia
NAIROBI, Kenya – Mass killing leaves 200 dead in Ethiopia after ethnic attack, mostly Amharas, were killed in an attack in the country’s Oromia region, witnesses said Sunday, and they blame a rebel group, which denies it.
Alarm systems triggered, terrible accident
-*-It is one of the deadliest attacks in recent memory as ethnic tensions persist in Africa’s second most populous country.
I counted 230 bodies.
-*-I fear this will be the deadliest attack we have seen against civilians in our lifetime,” Abdul Sayed Taher, a resident of Jimbe County, told The Associated Press after narrowly surviving the attack on Saturday.
-*-We bury them in mass graves, and we’re still collecting the bodies. The units of the Federal Army have now arrived, but we fear that the attacks will continue if they leave.”
-*-Another witness, who gave only his first name, Shambel due to concerns for his safety, said the Amhara community was now desperately seeking to relocate him “before another round of mass killings occurred.”
-*-He said the Amharas, who settled in the area about 30 years ago in resettlement programs, are ” being killed like chickens”.
-*-Both witnesses blamed the OLA for the attacks. In a statement, the Oromia regional government also blamed the SLA, saying the rebels attacked “after being unable to resist the operations launched by the (federal) security forces”.
-*-Ethiopia is experiencing widespread ethnic tensions in several regions, mostly due to historical grievances and political tensions.
-*-The Amhara people, the second largest ethnic group among the more than 110 million people in Ethiopia, have been frequently targeted in areas such as Oromia.
-*-The government-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission on Sunday called on the federal government to find a “durable solution” to killing civilians and protect them from such attacks.