More than 200 ethnic Amhara killed in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, witnesses say

More than 200 ethnic Amhara killed in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, witnesses say

Witnesses in Ethiopia have said that more than 200 people, mostly ethnic Amhara, have been killed in an attack in the country’s Oromia region and are blaming a rebel group, which is denying responsibility.

It is one of the deadliest such attacks in recent memory as ethnic tensions continue in Africa’s second-most populous country.

“I have counted 230 bodies. I am afraid this is the deadliest attack against civilians we have seen in our lifetime,” Abdul-Seid Tahir, a resident of Gimbi county, told The Associated Press after barely escaping the attack on Saturday.

“We are burying them in mass graves, and we are still collecting bodies. Federal army units have now arrived, but we fear that the attacks could continue if they leave.”

Another witness — who gave only his first name, Shambel, over fears for his safety — said the local Amhara community was now desperately seeking to be relocated somewhere else “before another round of mass killings happen”.

He said ethnic Amhara who settled in the area about 30 years ago in resettlement programs are now being “killed like chickens”.

Both witnesses blamed the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) for the attacks.

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