More than 100 civilians were killed in an attack by gunmen in Ethiopia’s Oromia region on Saturday, eyewitnesses said. Most of the victims were Amharic. The Oromia Regional Government confirmed the attack.
The regional government blamed the rebel group OLA for the attack near Gimbi, some 320 kilometers west of the capital Addis Ababa. The OLA denies any involvement in the attack.
It is one of the deadliest mass shootings in Ethiopia’s recent history. Ethnic tensions in the country have been rising for some time.
The rebel group OLA wants to impose more autonomy and self-determination on the Oromo. After the OLA formed an alliance with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the group was classified as a terrorist organization by the federal government. The TPLF has been engaged in a bloody battle with government forces in the Tigray region since 2020.
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission on Sunday called on the government to find a “durable solution” and protect the population from attacks.