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Ethiopia: Police intercept thousands of ammos, cash

ESAT News (December 28, 2018) Police in northern Ethiopia intercepted nearly 5,000 ammos as it was heading to innland from the border town of Mettema. The bullets for pistols and Bren assault rifles were estimated to cost about 11,000 dollars. The suspects who were trying to smuggle the ammos are under police custody. The regional customs office said the increasing ...

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    Ethiopia: Two federal police officers killed in west Oromo region

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 28, 2018) Two members of the federal police force were killed yesterday in an ambush in Begna, Horo Gudru, Wellega Zone. The BBC Amharic report quoted Desalegn Terefe, the zonal communication head as saying that the officers vehicle came under attack while they were driving to Fincha, where they serve as guards for the ...

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      Ethiopia: Eight more killed as Afar-Issa clash continues

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 27, 2018) Eight people were killed in violence between the Afar and Issa communities bringing the total casualties to at least 30 in the last four days of fighting. Information reaching ESAT show clashes have been reported today in towns along the Addis Ababa – Djibouti road. Seven people were killed in Gedamaytu while ...

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        Twenty-two Ethiopians killed in cross border attack from Somalia

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 27, 2018) An armed group from Somalia has crossed into Ethiopia and killed 22 people, according to a highly placed source in the Ethiopian Somali regional government, who said about 50 people were also injured in the cross border attack. The attack took place in the Ethiopian border town of Gehandale, in Warder Zone ...

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          Ethiopia: 18 killed in Afar-Issa skirmish

          by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 26, 2018) Eighteen people have been killed in the past two days of fighting between the Afar and Issa pastoral communities as Afari officials accused the government of Djibouti, special forces of the Somali region, the Issa and Gurgura Liberation Front as well as TPLF of igniting the conflict. Thousands have also been displaced ...

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            Ethiopia: 79 arrested on suspicion of corruption

            by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 25, 2018) The anti-corruption commission for the Oromo regional administration says 79 officials have been arrested for their alleged involvement in massive embezzlement in the region that resulted in the loss of 71 million birr ($2.6M). The suspects include supervisors and managers for the regional saving and loans program, procurement office, roads authority and ...

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              Ethiopia: Parliament passes law establishing reconciliation commission

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 25, 2018) Ethiopia’s House of Peoples’ Representatives passed a law providing for the establishment of a reconciliation commission that is aimed at mending fences and bringing peace among communities involved in social and political conflict. The preamble of the proclamation, which has passed with one abstention and one objection, says it was necessary to ...

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                Libya exhumed bodies of 34 Ethiopian christians beheaded by ISIS

                by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 24, 2018) Libyan authorities said today that they have exhumed the bodies of 34 Ethiopian christians murdered by ISIS in April 2015. Reuters quoted Libya’s interior ministry’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as saying on its Facebook page that the mass grave was unearthed on Sunday, after information was obtained during investigations of arrested IS ...

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                  41 killed in violence in Western Ethiopia, suspects apprehended

                  Alemayehu Ejigu, Commissioner of police for the Oromo region by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 24, 2018) Police commissioner for the country’s Oromo region say 41 people, including police officers and local officials, were killed in the western part of the region in the last four months. Commissioner Alemayehu Ejigu blamed the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) for the violence in ...

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                    Ethiopia: Govt forces battle OLF soldiers in West Wellega

                    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 21, 2018) The Ethiopian army is fighting soldiers for the separatist Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) in the western part of the country for the second day today as both sides traded accusations that the other opted to use force to resolve disputes. Dawd Ibssa, chairman of the OLF accused the government of sending troops ...

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