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Friday 13th of December 2019 11:52 AM

Ethnic clashes kill 44 in restive western Ethiopia

Probashbangla24 online Desk : Weekend fighting between rival ethnic groups in western Ethiopia killed at least 44 people, state affiliated media reported Tuesday.

The clashes occurred on the border between the central Oromia and western Benishangul-Gumuz regions.

Violence began when officials from Benishangul-Gumuz were killed by unidentified gunmen, said the Walta Media and Communication Corporate, citing the region’s communications chief Zelalem Jaleta.

The clashes between rival ethnic youths armed with rocks and knives reportedly forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes with security forces deployed to pacify the area.

Benishangul-Gumuz is one of Ethiopia’s nine regional states, stretching to the border with Sudan.

Source: AFP

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