the attack on a locality would have left dozens dead, according to survivors

the attack on a locality would have left dozens dead, according to survivors
the attack on a locality would have left dozens dead, according to survivors

Armed men attacked a locality in the Oromia region of western Ethiopia on Monday (August 29th), killing several dozen people, survivors told AFP, saying the attackers were members of an ethnic Amhara militia.

The regional authorities accuse the rebellion of the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) of being behind this attack, the results of which “still to be confirmed”.

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According to residents interviewed Friday evening September 2 by AFP on condition of anonymity, the attack targeted the town of Agamsa early Monday morning, around 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. local time (5:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. Paris time). “The attackers attacked the city from three directions with firearms and continued their attacks until around 2:00 p.m.” (1:00 p.m. Paris time), said a man, who fled the city.

“They killed about a hundred residents, burned many houses and shops and looted food warehouses (carrying their loot) using rickshaws, cars and motorbikes”he said.

Another said cattle were also stolen and the attack caused “more than a hundred dead”. Both men said the attack was carried out by militia men from the nearby Amhara region.

Conflicting accusations

The OLA, an armed group active in the region, in a statement accused the Amhara Fano militia of killing “at least 62 people” in Agamsa. The Oromia regional authorities have incriminated the OLA, which they refer to as “Shane”.

“What happened in Agamsa is that the terrorist group Shane and extremists attacked civilians. The number of victims remains to be confirmed.said in a message to AFP Hailu Adugna, head of communication for the regional government.

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The federal government did not respond to requests from AFP this Saturday morning.

According to locals, Oromia regional special forces had left the area on Sunday, “due to a ‘security rotation’ but there were no security forces to replace them”explained one of them.

One of the residents, who returned to Agamsa after fleeing, said on Friday evening that“there is no presence of government security forces in the city”. “We are afraid that the attackers will return”he added.

Repeated attacks between two ethnic groups

The Oromia region, the largest and most populated in Ethiopia, is regularly the scene of attacks and reprisals between members of the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups.

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In August 2021, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), an independent body attached to the Ethiopian government, claimed that more than 210 people had been killed in a week in a succession of attacks. “ethnic” in the Gida-Kirimu area, a few dozen kilometers from Agamsa.

In June, hundreds of predominantly Amhara civilians were killed in the hamlet of Tole, in another part of Oromia, in a massacre that sparked international outrage. Residents interviewed by AFP and the government accused the OLA, which denied and incriminated the pro-government forces.

The government regularly accuses the OLA rebellion, which it has classified as a terrorist organization, of being behind massacres of Amhara civilians living in Oromia.

The article is in French

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