Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:39:10 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Over 80 civilians killed in latest west Ethiopia massacre

By
14th-Jan-2021       
Share
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Save
  • E-mail
  • Print
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Al Jazeera :
More than 80 civilians, including children as young as two years old, have been killed in the latest attack to afflict western Ethiopia, according to the country's national human rights commission.
Aaron Maasho, spokesman and senior adviser for the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), told Al Jazeera the massacre took place on Tuesday between 5am and 7am in the region of Benishangul-Gumuz, which borders Sudan and South Sudan.
"We received information that over 80 people died whose ages range from 2 to 45 years old," he said from the capital, Addis Ababa.
There was no claim of responsibility and no immediate information about the identity of the attackers. "We can confirm that the perpetrators of the attack have not been apprehended by the authorities yet," Maasho said.
The attack took place in an area called Daletti, in the Metekel zone of Benishangul-Gumuz, which has been plagued by recurring violence in recent months that has left hundreds of people dead.
Some 207 people were killed in one attack on December 23 alone.
Maasho said "thousands of people" have been displaced due to the continuing violence in Metekel.
"We call on the federal and regional authorities to strengthen the coordination and measures, including at the district level, to prevent similar attacks against civilians," added the spokesman of the EHRC, a government-affiliated but independent body.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has struggled to impose order in Metekel or explain what is driving the violence, despite visiting the area in December and empowering a command post to take charge of security there.
Opposition politicians have described the violence in Metekel as ethnically motivated, alleging a targeted campaign by ethnic Gumuz armed groups against members of other ethnic groups in the area, including the Amhara, Ethiopia's second-largest group.
One survivor of the latest attack, Ahmed Yimam, told AFP news agency on Wednesday that he had counted 82 bodies and said 22 people were injured.
"The attack was carried out mostly using knives although arrows and firearms were also used," he said.
Worke Ahmed, 60, told Reuters news agency by telephone that men involved in Tuesday's attack were armed and that he saw more than 100 of them. Some wore uniforms that he could not identify, he said.
"They burned my house and my brother's house, with 200 cattle and 11 goats inside," he said.
Africa's second-most populous nation has been grappling with regular outbreaks of deadly violence since Abiy was appointed in 2018 and accelerated democratic reforms that loosened the state's iron grip on regional rivalries.
Elections due this year have further inflamed simmering tensions over land, power and resources.
In a separate part of the country, Ethiopia's military has been fighting rebels in the northern Tigray region for more than two months, in a conflict that has displaced some one million people.
The deployment of federal troops there has raised fears of a security vacuum in other restive regions.
Ethiopia is also experiencing unrest in the Oromia region and faces long-running security threats from Somali fighters along its porous eastern border.

Tariff
Ibn Sina
Sonali
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

International »

Indian farmers ride caravan of tractors into capital ahead of Republic Day


Reuters New Delhi :Caravans of tractors clogged a key highway in northern India on Monday as tens of thousands of farmers protesting against agriculture reforms streamed into the capital ahead of celebrations for Republic Day.India marks its founding as a republic on Tuesday with a military parade in the historic ...

Football »

Fernandes gem knocks Liverpool out of FA Cup, Chelsea ease pressure on Lampard


AFP, London :Bruno Fernandes' superb free-kick sent troubled Liverpool crashing out of the FA Cup as Manchester United beat their bitter rivals 3-2 in the fourth round, while Tammy Abraham's hat-trick eased the pressure on Chelsea manager Frank Lampard in a win over Luton on Sunday.Fernandes struck with 12 minutes ...

Business & Economy »

Aziz Al Kaiser, Chairman of City Bank Limited, inaugurating its relocated Gulshan Branch at Gulshan-1 on Monday. Mashrur Arefin, Managing Director & CEO, Sheikh Mohammad Maroof, AMD and other high officials of the bank were also present.


Business & Economy »

Number of loan defaulters 334,982 : Kamal


Business Desk :Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has said there are 334,982 loan defaulters in banks and other financial institutions in Bangladesh at present.Kamal highlighted the steps taken by the government for the speedy disposal of the cases related to defaults and recovery of loans in parliament on Monday, reports ...

Editorial »

Less resilience approach makes all climate initiatives a hollow tale


BANGLADESH is still the seventh most climate change vulnerable country, according to the Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) 2021 published on Monday by Germanwatch - a Berlin based non-profit environmental think tank. The country was ranked in the same position in CRI 2020 as well. The study looked at four ...

City »

Vice-Chancellor of Bangladesh Open University Dr MA Mannan honours the Information Secretary and Member of Board of Governors of BOU Khwaza Miah with crest at his office on Sunday when the latter visits the university.


Entertainment »

Tania again busy with show Ananya


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :After returning to country 14 months later, noted actress, model and director Tania Ahmed again became engaged with her popular TV show Ananya. With the participation of women, Tania has been hosting the show on Gazi TV for last eight years. She started shooting of the show ...

Business & Economy »

The Peninsula Chittagong Limited receives ICSB award for Corporate Governance Excellence


Online Desk :The Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Bangladesh (ICSB) has given the Corporate Governance Excellence Award to The Peninsula Chittagong Limited.A total of 35 listed companies were awarded by the company at the Grand Ballroom of Hotel Radisson Blu Water Garden in Dhaka on Saturday.Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi was ...

Editorial »

The power play of `guilty` or `not guilty`


SOME big fishes are out of the trial of the sensational forgery case over the construction of FR Tower additional floors as their names have been dropped from the accused list keeping the names of their subordinates in the Anti-Corruption Commission charge sheet.The Commission investigator has shown some reasons for ...

International »

China rescues 4 miners after 14 days trapped underground


Reuters :Chinese rescuers pulled four gold miners to safety on Sunday 14 days after they were trapped by an underground explosion, state broadcaster CCTV reported, with at least seven others still believed to be alive in the mine.Footage showed the first miner to be rescued, a black blindfold across his ...

Football »

Sheikh Russel draw with Mohammedans, Muktijoddha beat Arambagh


Sports Reporter :Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Limited made a 1-1 draw with Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday.Mohammedans led the first half 1-0.Sheikh Russel's defender Sohel Rana touched the ball at the D-box of Sheikh Russel in the injury time of the first half. ...

Entertainment »

Ferdous Ara to receive special honour on Jan 29


Entertainment Report :Ferdous Ara is the country’s one of the renowned Nazrul artistes who is passing 48 years of her career in the field of Nazrul songs. Star Plus Communication is going to honour her at Star Plus Communication Performance Award, which is scheduled to be held at Hotel Sonargaon ...

Business & Economy »

Lub-Ref’s IPO subscription begins from 26 January to 1 February


Online Desk :Lub-Ref (Bangladesh) Limited’s initial public offering (IPO) application will start next Tuesday (January 26) and will continue till 5 pm on Tuesday, February 1. The company will raise Tk 150cr by issuing 4cr 52 lakh 43 thousand 144 shares in the capital market.According to the book building method ...

Editorial »

More attention imperative for girls` education in new normal


Prolonged school closure continues to take its toll on the adolescents as many of them think they may not go back to school anymore for learning gap, economic crisis and early marriage. Nine-month closure of educational institutions made the adolescent girls more vulnerable to early marriage. A recent survey showed ...

City »

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, among others, at a seminar on 'Transforming to a Shipbuilding and Exporting Country: Challenges for Bangladesh' organised by the Shipping Ministry in the auditorium of Engineers' Institute in the city on Saturday.


.

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news