Dozens killed in attack on Ethiopia’s ethnic minority

Dozens killed in attack on Ethiopia’s ethnic minority
Dozens killed in attack on Ethiopia’s ethnic minority

In Ethiopia, dozens were killed in an attack in the west of the country last night. According to Amnesty International, 54 Amharians, an ethnic minority, have died. Dozens of houses have also been set on fire and hundreds of people have been displaced.

Yesterday the local authorities spoke of at least thirty dead, but today more bodies of victims were found in a schoolyard. The attack took place on Sunday.

According to local authorities, the armed group OLF Shane is behind the mass murder. This is a split-off from the banned opposition party OLF, which has fought for the rights and independence of the Oromo people, the largest people in the country, since the 1970s.

Ethiopian army withdrew

It is unclear why the Amhars were attacked. According to Amnesty, ethnic minorities have been targeted more often in recent months for no direct reason. The NGO is calling on the Ethiopian government to investigate this weekend’s attack, as the Ethiopian army suddenly recalled troops from the region a few days earlier.

The Addis Ababa government has labeled the attack as terrorism. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his commitment to peace in the region, calls the mass murder heartbreaking. He announced that additional troops would be stationed in the region again.

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