Several deaths and thousands of displaced people after tension

Kamashi Zone of the regional state Benshangul was under pressure from the murders of four authorities from the region in the regional state of Oromo.

Benshangul Gumz - Ethiopia
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September 30,2018

At least five people are reportedly dead and several others have been injured in the Kamash region in the Benshangul region in Ethiopia last week. The violence has also led to the destruction of property, according to a report from Fana Broadcasting Corporation this week.

The violence affects parts of the region that border on the regional state of Oromo of Ethiopia.

There has been recurring ethnic violence in the region for a number of months that affected ethnic Amhara and Oromo. The latest tension in the region, however, is retaliatory and focuses on ethnic Oromos. Authorities say that thousands of ethnic Oromo have been driven to districts in the Oromo region in Ethiopia, which are close to the regional state of Benshangul.

Zelalem Jaleta, Benshangul Region Communication Head, reportedly confirmed the tension in the region and said that the ethnic Gumuz left their homes and flocked to the jungle, while ethnic Oromos traversed neighboring districts in the regional state of Oromo.

What caused the violence this time?

On September 26, armed men murdered four higher security authorities from the Kamash zone near Ghimbi in Wellega as they headed back to the Benhangul region after a consultation meeting with Oromo Regional State Security Officers.

And there is conflicting information about the identity of the shooters. Initially it was reported as "unidentified gunmen."

Later, the regional state officials of Oromo confirmed that the gunmen had carried out the attack "in the name of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)" known to be armed hunters in the region.

The authorities tend to avoid, as with political analysts, OLF, seemingly out of step with the radical Oromo ethnic-nationalist organization believed to have significant support among radicalized young people in the region.

And that seems to have become a pattern for Oromo regional security authorities and in some cases at the level of the federal government. When the Federal Public Prosecutor charged five people this week with the attempted assassination of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed when the grenade exploded during a support rally in Addis Abeba on June 23, it linked them to OLF in a way that did not involve the organization. at the crime.

The massacre of ethnic Gamos in Burayu has not yet been clearly identified and the government uses the expression "forces that organized themselves to encourage violence between different ethnic groups in a way to harm the unity of Ethiopians and reverse the ongoing reform" without names to mention about who are really behind the massacre.

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