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20 passengers were killed by gunmen in a bus traveling from Bure town and Nekemte city,

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May 01/2021

At least 21 civilians were killed in two separate attacks. Fifteen passengers were killed by gunmen in a bus traveling from Bure town in West Gojam zone, Amhara regional state, to Nekemte city, East Wollega zone, Oromia regional state.

Similarly, six civilians were “brutally” killed, including being burned alive,in Danchu Kebelle of Bench Sheko Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Regional State (SNNPRS).

Both killings took place on April 30, a
Good Friday holiday for Ethiopian Christians.

According to Commander Birhanu Yebase, Chief of the Police in Horo Gudru zone, who spoke to national broadcaster, the armed group who he said were members of “OLF/Shene”, mounted the attack on the transport bus traveling from Bure to Nekemte when it reached Amuru wereda shortly after the bus “crossed the Abay river”. The attackers rerouted to bus toward Abay gorge before they forced the passengers out of the bus, killing 15 of them. He said there were injured passengers who are thought to have left the area. Commander Birhanu said that the victims were members of the Amhara and oromo community from the area, but he added that security were beefed up to protect members of the Amhara community.

This latest attack came shortly after at least 20 civilians were killed last week in an attack in Jimma Zone, Limmu Kosa Kebelle of Oromia regional state. Getachew Balcha, spokesperson of the regional state, blamed the attack on “OLF/Shene”, a name government officials use to refer to the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), a rebel army currently engaged in armed conflict with government forces in Oromia regional state.

However, OLA repeatedly denies the accusations and called for independent investigations of all the attacks on civilians in the region. It also blames these attacks on a parallel militiamen armed by the government itself.

Attack in Bench Sheko

In a similar development, in an attack on the same day mounted by “illegal armed group”, six civilians were “brutally” killed in Danchu Kebelle of Bench Sheko Zone in SNNPRS. The victims included civilians who were burned alive in their home. In a meeting the local authorities held with the community in Danchu Kebelle, members of the community bitterly spoke about lack of protection from government security forces when they keep facing repeated attacks in recent months.

In September last year, the Councils of five zones and one special wereda had approved the integration into one new regional state in SNNPRS. They are: Bench-Shako Zone, Kaffa Zone, Dawro Zone, Sheka Zone, West Omo Zone and Konta Special Woreda, the decision was approved by the House of Federation (HoF) subsequently paving way for a referendum to take place for the new regional state called “South-West Ethiopia.”

In October 2020, 12 civilians were killed and five were injured by “unidentified armed group” in Gura Farda Wereda of Bench Sheko Zone, followed yet by another similar attack in March this year in the same Wereda in which at least ten civilians were killed.

However, it is not clear if the spike in these attacks against civilians by armed group who are yet to be identified by authorities is related to the new administrative arrangement.

According to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), South-West referendum will take place on June 05, the same day as the 6th general elections day.

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2 Comments

  1. Rest In Peace

    Fact All Ethiopians need to as soon as possible admit :
    ALL OF ETHIOPIA IS A WAR ZONE, THIS WAR IS BEING FOUGHT AT ALL AREAS WITHIN ETHIOPIA , BETWEEN CIVILIANS NOT ARMED WITH ANY MILITARY WEAPONS OR CIVILIANS ARMED WITH MINIMAL WEAPONS FIGHTING AGAINST HEAVILY ARMED AND HEAVILY TRAINED “REBEL BANDITS FIGHTERS” WHICH ALMOST ALL OF THE SURVIVING CIVILIAN VICTIMS ARE INDICATING TO BE TRAINED AND ARMED BY THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT’S MILITARY.

    Insuring security and justice needs to be not the top priority of all Ethiopians instead it needs to be the only priority of all Ethiopians right now. Schools need to get closed ,non essential offices need to get closed and all non essential businesses need to get closed so Ethiopians give full concentration to insure safety , peace and justice right away ending the war within Ethiopia once and for all. በቃን!!

    The government of Ethiopia need to declare a State of Emergency / Martial Law ASAP. All of Ethiopia is a war zone right now, no ifs and buts about it. The Ethiopian federal government needs to call upon volunteer soldiers to assist the security apparatus to insure security. If these is not done it needs to be clear the Ethiopian government is the main perpetrator who is commiting war crimes against Ethiopian civilians allover Ethiopia. በቃን!!

  2. Subject: “20 passengers were killed by gunmen in a bus traveling from Bure town and Nekemte city”
    MAY 1, 2021 1

    Humble Commentary

    Who ever thought that the era of the ABSOLUTE monarchy of Emperor Haile Selassie, the King of Kings, of the Tribe of Judah would be the attractive government of Ethiopia to keep everything in dictatorial PEACE from South to North; from East to West. One is forced to the cruel conclusion that the Ethiopian people are inherently immune to democracy and common liberty for the ordinary people. In short, the people need absolute dictator to keep them in peace. It is the SADDET thing to say but that seems to be the REALITY.
    AMEN – INSHALAH

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