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Ethiopia: 5 killed in Oromia shooting

Among victims are 2 foreign nationals; gunmen unidentified yet

Addis Getachew Tadesse   | 19.03.2019
Ethiopia: 5 killed in Oromia shooting

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

At least five people were killed by shootings of unidentified gunmen in Oromia regional state in central Ethiopia, an official statement said on Tuesday.

Two foreign nationals were among the victims of shooting in the Nejo district, Western Wollega zone, in the southwest of Oromia, early Monday, the Oromia Communication Bureau said, without mentioning their nationality.

Gunmen have not been identified, yet, neither their motive, it noted.

Details are sketchy at the moment.

According to the bureau, regional police and security forces have been mobilized to the crime scene.

Western Oromia has been the center of armed movement until recently when the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), a popular party across Oromia, made a deal with the Federal and regional governments to disarm.

The OLF was active in an armed struggle from within Eritrea until September 2018 but it came back following a peace deal with the federal government.

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