Nine Gunned Down in Benishangul Region

Early morning on Tuesday, unidentified gunmen ambushed a truck transporting twenty-eight people in western Ethiopia, Benishangul Gumuz Regional State, near the Sudanese border, killing nine people and wounding seven others. Shimeles Kemal, deputy head of the Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) with state-minister portfolio, told The Reporter seven people lost their lives instantly due to a surprise attack while two died after reaching a local hospital. He added that the seven sustained from light to severe injuries as a result of the attack, most of whom happened to be part of the local community.

The incident occurred at a small district called Teiba in the Sherkole zone of the regional state situated 100km south of the regional capital Asosa. Furthermore, the attacks also happened near the site of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which is currently being constructed around the clock. So far, there has been no individual or group to claim responsibility for the attack while the government as well has refrained from pointing figures before completing the investigation. However, the statement from the government communication affairs office indicated that a full-blown probe is under way to gather evidence and identify the perpetrators and their associates, if any, as well as the motives behind the attack. Tuesday’s attack is the second one in the region in the last five months.

It is to be recalled that on November 5, 2013, a bomb blast killed four in a locality called Segno Gebeya in the same region, which was caused by an explosive placed inside a minibus taxi. The communication office, which gave no further details on the incident however, indicated that the findings of the investigation would be disclosed to the public in due course.

Source : The Reporter

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