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Ethiopia says planned attack on giant dam project thwarted

Mar 1, 2017, 4:05 PM ET

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Ethiopia’s Great Renaissance Dam is constructed in Guba Woreda, some 40 km (25 miles) from Ethiopia’s border with Sudan, June 28, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Ethiopia says it has thwarted a planned attack by an Eritrea-backed group on its massive dam project, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Deputy government spokesman Zadig Abraha told the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate on Wednesday evening that 20 members of the armed group were “completely annihilated” earlier this week.

Zadig says “actions were taken” against 13 members of the Benishangul Peoples Liberation Movement. The spokesman did not give details, but similar statements have meant people were killed.

The spokesman says the other members escaped to Sudan, which then handed them over.

Ethiopia’s dam project is about halfway complete and has been a source of regional tension. Egypt has long suspected it will reduce its share of the Nile River.

Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea have a long history of border disputes.

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1 Comment

  1. This Terrorist Regime in Ethiopia must end,
    these group, seb wocho has terrorised the whole region,
    by intimidating Djibouti, Sudan and Kenya.
    Any person oppose the regime in Ethiopia his fate is death.
    They sold the arms given from donors to Al-Shabab and collected
    hundreds of millions of US$. It is very sad, the west still aid the
    terrorist Regime.

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