NAIROBI, Kenya — An Ethiopian news bureau says several dozen individuals are killed in the most recent massacre along cultural lines from the western portion of the nation.
The Amhara Mass Media Agency, connected with the nation’s Amhara region, cites witnesses as saying the assault happened early Wednesday morning at the Metekel zone of their Benishangul-Gumuz area.
The attack occurred a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited the area and talked about the necessity to attract those responsible for recent attacks. Ethnic tensions are a significant challenge as Abiy attempts to promote national unity in a nation with over 80 ethnic groups.
The witnesses, talking by telephone, said homes were burnt in the assault from Bikuji county.
It wasn’t immediately clear that the attackers were. The ruling party in the area, ” the Benishangul-Gumuz Prosperity Party, said in a statement that”armed bandits” had perpetrated a”dreadful offense “
Amharas in the area has been targeted in recent weeks.
1 rebel attack on Nov. 1 at the far western Oromia area killed at least 54 people, according to Amnesty International.
It followed similar fatal strikes in September that also displaced over 300 individuals, causing the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission to state that it had been profoundly alarmed.