Ethiopian army deployed after 100 die in attacks

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed mentioned he had deployed forces to the western Benishangul-Gumuz area, a day after gunmen killed greater than 100 individuals in the realm, which has seen common ethnic violence.

Yesterday, the state-run Ethiopian Human Rights Commission mentioned gunmen had killed over 100 individuals in a daybreak assault in the village of Bekoji in Bulen county in the Metekelzone, an space the place quite a few ethnic teams stay.

"The massacre of civilians in Benishangul-Gumuz region is very tragic," Mr Abiy mentioned on Twitter.

"The government, to solve the root causes of the problem, has deployed a necessary force."

Africa's second-most populous nation has been wrestling with outbreaks of lethal violence since Mr Abiy took workplace in 2018 and accelerated democratic and financial reforms which have loosened the state's iron grip on regional rivalries.

Mr Abiy and senior officers had visited the area on Tuesday to name for calm after a number of lethal attacks in current months, comparable to a 14 November assault in which gunmen focused a bus and killed 34 individuals.

In a separate a part of the nation, Ethiopia's army has been combating rebels in the northern Tigray area for greater than six weeks in a battle that has displaced near 950,000 individuals.

The deployment of federal troops there has led to fears of a safety vacuum in different unsettled areas

primarily based on website supplies www.rte.ie

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