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How Ethiopian soldiers killed 9 civilians


How Ethiopian soldiers killed 9 civilians

Ethiopian soldiers killed nine civilians and injured 12 after mistaking them for rebels near a town along the country’ s border with Kenya, state media said .

The soldiers were deployed to the Moyale area of the country’ s Oromiya region in pursuit of Oromo Liberation Front fighters who had crossed into Ethiopia from three locations , the Ethiopian News Agency said.

“ Nine civilians were killed and 12 others were injured during an operation that was launched with faulty intelligence, ” members of the armed forces told the agency .

Several soldiers have been suspended and are under investigation, it said , adding that a high-level military delegation had been dispatched to the area to launch an inquiry .

The Oromo Liberation Front is a secessionist group which the government has branded as the terrorist .

The incident took place at a time when outbreaks of violence have continued to plague the country, mostly in Oromiya.

In February , Addis Ababa imposed a six -month , nationwide state of emergency to tamp down unrest in Africa’ s second most populous nation.

The move was made a day after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his resignation in what he said was a bid to smooth the way for reforms .

His replacement is expected to be named this month

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