Chairperson of AU commission condemns deadly armed attack on civilians in Ethiopia

The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat

The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat

ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) — The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday “strongly condemned” the killing of innocent civilians following inter-communal violence in Ethiopia.

An armed attack in Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state has left at least 32 people dead on Sunday, Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said on Monday.

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), a federal rights group established by the Ethiopian parliament, in a statement sent to Xinhua on late Monday said that “the assailants targeted ethnic Amharas (second largest ethnic group in Ethiopia) residing in the three kebeles (vicinities). They were dragged from their homes and taken to a school, where they were killed.”

“The Chairperson extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes speedy recovery to the wounded. He calls on national authorities to ensure that the perpetrators of these heinous crimes are found and held accountable,” an AU statement issued on Thursday read.

Noting the rise in inter-communal violence, chairperson of the 55-member pan African bloc also called on “all stakeholders to refrain from inflammatory rhetoric and work towards de-escalating tensions in the country.”

He further encouraged political actors to engage in an inclusive national dialogue and build a national consensus around key issues and stressed that failure to do so can have grave impacts not only in the country but the region as a whole.

Mahamat also reaffirmed the AU stands ready to assist Ethiopia in its efforts to promote peace and stability in the country.

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  1. What I am hearing again and again from news sources quoting those who survived the massacre is this. The savage killing was carried out immediately after the federal defense forces left the area. This has been common sequence of events when mass killings were inflicted on innocent civilians. I remember reading similar stories about the massacres in the early 1990’s. Government forces leave the area then Dawud Ibsa’s hooligans come in and murder innocent civilians en masse. In all cases the excuse for the Ten Bundy’s was/has been ‘you have been talking to the government forces about us’. Somebody in the federal forces must have been setting up the civilians for this savage act. Somebody who knows talking to the civilians will incense the thugs hiding not too far in the nearby bushes. He would hold meetings after meetings with the civilians and have open discussions about how to fight the thugs. It is a given that civilians would feel safe and protected when they see well armed soldiers in their village. They would open up what the thugs have done to them, how they look like and which directions they left just before government forces moved in. All this could have reached the ears of the thugs through their human listening posts in and around that village. They wait until the soldiers move out and then they descend upon the innocent unarmed civilians with deadly impunity. I suspect this could have been what exactly happened. It is the same old routine.

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