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Fresh security problem reported in Benishangul Gumuz region of Ethiopia

Federal police force and Ethiopian Defense Forces deployed to Meteke Zone of Benishangul Gumuz region as fresh rounds of security problem arise in the region.

Google map of Benishangul Gumuz and the region

A new round of violence reported in the Benishangul Gumuz region, in the northwestern part of Ethiopia. According to a report by Amhara Mass Media Agency ( AMMA) on Monday, it is now taking a form of ethnic-based conflict as was the case in many of the violence that happened in the region in recent years.

The violence happened in Metekel Zone Mandurah district, the region’s peace-building and security office has told AMMA.

People are killed in the violence but the number and identities of the victims are not disclosed yet.

Based on an eyewitness account, as reported by AMMA, the latest string of violence “started on Saturday when an ethnic Guzum woman was hit by a car and another Gumuz man was attacked in his own home.” The incidents triggered ethnic-based violence, according to community members who spoke to AMMA.

AMMA also cited Gumuz community members to report that Ethio-Telecom security guard was attacked – seemingly on the same day. Read More...

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