More than 100 civilians have been killed in Ethiopia in a massacre by local militants in the Metekel zone of the Benishangul-Gumuz region in the western African country.
According to the publication, the terrorists, armed with firearms, knives, as well as bows and arrows, attacked the villagers Bekoji early Wednesday morning, December 23. The massacre of the civilians continued until noon, the attackers also set fire to houses and crops. A total of 102 people were killed in the attack and the fires set by the militants, and at least 36 others were wounded.
The military was then dispatched to the area and killed 42 militants involved in the attack and seized all the weapons they had. It is not yet reported who exactly was behind the attack, but it is known that five officials have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the massacre. No other details are given. Some of the surviving villagers said they knew the attackers personally.
According to the Daily Mail, there are members of several ethnic groups in the region, and conflicts periodically arise between them. According to some reports, the attackers who carry out massacres in the Metekel zone are trained in neighboring Sudan, where they later went into hiding.
Earlier, in November, armed gunmen attacked a bus in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, killing at least 34 people. Before that, a massacre took place in the town of Mai Qadra in the northern region of Tigray, killing several hundred people. It is noted, however, that the events in Benishangul-Gumuz and Tigray are unrelated.