Tag Archives: Benishangul Gumuz

171 arrested in western Ethiopia in connection with deadly violence, displacement

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 8, 2019) A command post set up to monitor security in western Ethiopia says 171 individuals have been arrested in connection with deadly violence and displacement in Benishangul and west Wellega. The report by the Ethiopian television said illegal weapons and cash have also been seized. About 100 suspects were arrested in the Oromo ...

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    Ten killed when minibus hit grenade in western Ethiopia

    ESAT News (December 19, 2018) Ten people were killed in western Ethiopia when a public minibus hit a grenade in a place locally known as Tongo Gore. The tragic incident happened near a refugee camp in an area bordering the Oromo and Benishangul Gumuz regions where dozens of people were killed in ethnic violence. The report by the Ethiopian Television ...

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      Ethiopia: Police arrest five officials of Benishangul-Gumuz region over deadly violence

      ESAT News (December 5, 2018) Federal police say they have arrested five officials of the Benishangul-Gumuz region in Western Ethiopia in connection with recent deadly violence in areas bordering with the Oromo region. The officials include the regional deputy head of security and the former mayor of Assosa town. Police said the arrested officials are accused of adding fuel to ...

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        OLF splinter group blamed for deadly ethnic violence in Western Ethiopia as over 200 suspects arrested

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 3, 2018) An official with the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) says 208 people have been arrested in connection with deadly ethnic violence in areas bordering the Oromo and Benishangul-Gumuz regions in Western Ethiopia. The Police commissioner for the Benishangul-Gumuz region meanwhile blamed a splinter group of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) for the crisis ...

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          Ethiopia: Two killed in attack in East Wellega

          ESAT News (November 6, 2018) Armed groups from Benishangul Gumuz have reportedly attacked and killed two policemen in East Wellega, injuring a farmer. Police commander Geremew Assefa told ESAT that the police officers have come under attack while they were on routine duty. Eighty houses were also set on fire, according to the commander. Several people have left their villages ...

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            Ethiopia cracks down on illegal military training facility

            by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 15, 2018) Police in Ethiopia’s western restive region of Benishangul-Gumuz say they have cracked down on an illegal military training facility in the region. The regional police commissioner told the Ethiopian Television that about 400 trainees, mostly teenagers, were undergoing military training at the illegal facility in Asossa district. According to the statement by ...

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              Six killed in violence in western Ethiopia

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 12, 2018) Six people have been killed as violence continues in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul- Gumuz. According to ESAT sources, the attack has also left 50 households displaced. The new wave of attack in Tepi district of Sheka zone brings the death toll to 48 since the ethnic motivated violence began two weeks ...

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                Gambella, Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz regions push back winds of change: activists say

                by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 2, 2018) Administrators in three peripheral but pivotal regions in Ethiopia have been pushing against changes being made by a reformist Prime Minister; and the old guards in Gambella, Afar and Benishangul-Gumuz regions have continued to violet and repress the people in their regions, according to leading rights activists. Obang Metho, Director for the ...

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                  Over 70,000 displaced, at least 40 killed in violence in Western Ethiopia

                  ESAT News (October 2, 2018) Deadly ethnic violence in areas bordering the Oromo and Benishangul-Gumuz region in Western Ethiopia left at least 40 dead and displaced over 70,000 people. The violence was sparked last Wednesday when four officials from Kemashi Zone of Benishangul-Gumuz were killed in the Oromo region. The officials were killed on their way back from a joint ...

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                    Four local officials from Benishangul killed in Wollega

                    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (September 27, 2018) Four local officials from Benishangul Gumuz region in Western Ethiopia were killed in an ambush in Wellega, Oromo region. The officials were on their way back to Kemash Zone from a security meeting in Wellega when they were attacked by unidentified gunmen in Gimbi, West Wellega, the report by the Ethiopian Television ...

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