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Ethiopia: News – Rights Commission Says Militants From Local, Neighboring Amhara Region Responsible for Recent Massacre of More Than 60 in Oromia


Addis Abeba — The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) released a new report confirming that more than 60 people from the Oromo community were massacred in Western Oromia during the course of two days attack by armed men who gathered both from the local areas and those who crossed from the neighboring districts of the Amhara regional state.

Eye witnesses who spoke to Addis Standard last week blamed “Fano militants” for the massacre. The report from the Commission did not mention Fano militants a group of informal armed militia from the Amhara region.

However, EHRC’s report confirmed that the massacre of the civilians took place from 30 – 31 August in Amuru district, in Horo Guduru Wollega zone, in western Oromia.

The injured victims and those of more than 20, 000 displaced civilians who are currently sheltered in Obora town is of “a matter of great concern,” the Commission said.

The Commission said it spoke with residents and government officials on the issue. The attack took place after the government security forces deployed in the area were moved to another area. According to the Commission, following the killing of three people from the Amhara community on 29 August by members of the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), known by the government as “OLF Shene” during an attempt “to capture the woreda’s capital city Obora” militants who gathered from the Amuru woreda and Haro Addis Alem Kebele as well as from Bure Woreda in the neighboring Amhara region attacked Oromo community members in Amuru woreda in Agemsa, Jog Migir, Tam Ilamu, Jebo Doban, Tombe Danegabe, Jawaj, Gnare, Lege Micha, Lukquma, and Wale kebelles (small districts) on 30 and 31 August.

“Residents stated that there are still areas of danger among the kebeles that have been attacked and that more than 20, 000 residents who have been displaced are in a difficult situation in Obora city” EHRC