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Several dead in attack in western Ethiopia

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The regional authorities instead blame the rebellion of the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) to be at the origin of this attack, whose assessment remains to be confirmed.

According to residents interviewed Friday evening by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on condition of anonymity, the attack targeted the town of Agamsa early Monday morning.

Several violent acts

h”,”text”:”The attackers attacked the city from three directions with firearms and continued their attacks until about 2 p.m.”}}”>The assailants attacked the town from three directions with firearms and continued their attacks until around 2 p.m., [11 h GMT]said a man, who fled the city.

They killed around a hundred residents, burned many houses and shops, and looted food warehouses [en transportant leur butin] using rickshaws, cars and motorcycleshe said.

Another said cattle were also stolen and the attack causeddeaths”,”text”:”more than 100deaths”}}”>more than 100 dead.

Both witnesses said the attack was carried out by militia men from the neighboring Amhara region.

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L’OLAan armed group active in the region, accused the Amhara Fano militia of killingpeople”,”text”:”at least 62people”}}”>at least 62 people in Agamsa.

The regional authorities of Oromia have, for their part, incriminated the Oromo Liberation Army, which they refer to as the Shane.

What happened in Agamsa is that the terrorist group Shane and extremists attacked civilians. The number of victims remains to be confirmed.said Hailu Adugna, head of communication for the regional government.

The federal government had not responded to requests from theAFP Saturday morning.

According to locals, Oromia regional special forces had left the area on Sunday due to a ”security rotation”, but there were no security forces to replace themexplained one of them.

One of the residents, who returned to Agamsa after fleeing, said Friday evening that there is no presence of government security forces in the town.

We are afraid that the attackers will return. »

A quote from A witness

The Oromia region, the largest and most populated in Ethiopia, is regularly the scene of attacks and reprisals between members of the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups.

Amhara Regional Force reserve recruits in Dessie, Ethiopia.

The conflict in Ethiopia has spread to the Afar and Amhara regions, where militia training is relied upon. (archives)

Photo: Getty Images / EDUARDO SOTERAS

Other bloody events

In August 2021, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), an independent body attached to the Ethiopian government, claimed that more than 210 people had been killed in a week in a succession of attacks. ethnic in the Gida-Kirimu area, a few dozen kilometers from Agamsa.

In June, hundreds of predominantly Amhara civilians were killed in the hamlet of Tole, in another part of Oromia, in a massacre that sparked international outrage. Residents interviewed by theAFP and the government accused theOLA. The organization denied these accusations and blamed the pro-government forces.

The government regularly accuses the rebellion of theOLA, which he classified as a terrorist organization. He considers him responsible for the massacres of Amhara civilians living in Oromia.

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