Gunmen Kill At Least 42 People In Ethiopia

Gunmen in Ethiopia's Oromiya region have killed at least 42 people in the country's most recent massacre that took place in the most populated region where recent violence has left hundreds dead.

Gunmen in Ethiopia kill at least 42 people in the Oromiya region
Gunmen in Ethiopia kill at least 42 people in the Oromiya region

Armed gunmen carried out the attack against local residents on Tuesday in the Amuru district, approximately 230 miles west of the capital Addis Ababa.

The victims, who were all Oromos described the gunmen as members of a volunteer militia known as Fano, mostly composed of ethnic Amharas.

Bloody clashes between Ethiopia's two largest ethnic groups, the Oromo and Amhara, have been increasing rapidly over the last few months.

Oromiya has been the victim of years of bloodshed amid accusations of neglect by the federal government in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia's total population is around 110 million, of which around a third are Oromos.

A local resident and witness to the attack spoke to Reuters and requested his name was not released, he said that local people had buried 22 people in one place, 15 in another, and five in a third location.

Another witness said he compiled a list of 46 people who had been killed.

Both residents claimed that around 150-200 gunmen, armed with rifles carried out the attack. They said the attackers wore a mix of uniforms and spoke Amharic.

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