Ethiopia: Armed group kills over 140 near S Sudan

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, April 18, 2016
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An Ethiopian official says that armed groups have killed more than 140 civilians near Ethiopia’s border with South Sudan.

The attackers came from South Sudan and killed civilians, including women and children, Getachew Reda, Ethiopia’s communications minister, told the Associated Press on Saturday.

“The Ethiopian defence force is currently chasing after the perpetrators,” said Reda, adding that there is no relation between the attackers and the South Sudanese government or the country’s rebels. “Our defence forces have so far killed 60 members of the attackers.”

Ethiopian forces may cross into South Sudan to pursue them, he said.

The attack took place on Friday in Jakawa, in Ethiopia’s Gambella region and the attackers were members of South Sudan’s Murle tribe, said Reda. A number of children were abducted and taken into South Sudan, he said. The latest attack is much larger than past skirmishes, he said.

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