ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
At least 41 people have been killed and 20 others
injured over the weekend in Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state
during a raid by armed attackers from a neighboring regional
state, state media Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) said
Chief Communications Officer of East Haraghe zone, Oromia
regional state, said the attackers were members of the Somali
regional state “special police force” division and that scores
of people have fled the area fearing further attacks.
state “special police force” was formed a decade ago to fight an
escalating insurgency by the rebel group Ogaden national
Liberation Front (ONLF).
It has since then
been credited with taking the sting out of the insurgency, but
the police force has also been accused of human rights abuses
and carrying out deadly attacks on neighboring ethnic Oromo
Mohammed did not
give possible reasons for the latest violence, but heavy clashes
along the Oromia-Somali boundary since September 2017 has
spilled into ethnic violence, leaving hundreds dead and hundreds
of thousands displaced.
Oromia and Somali
regional states have been locked in a dispute over the
delineation of their common boundary for almost two decades.
A referendum in
October 2004 was supposed to demarcate the boundary between the
two regional states, but its implementation has been stalled
ever since with both sides accusing each other of