INQUIRY TEAM SENT TO MOYALE IN ETHIOPIA’S OROMIA STATE TO PROBE KILLING OF NINE CIVILIANS

ADDIS ABABA-- An inquiry team, including an army general, has been dispatched to Ethiopia's Oromia Regional State to investigate the recent killing by soldiers of nine civilians in the southern town of Moyale, near the border with Kenya.

The incident which occurred around Moyale in Oromia regional state was the result of an inappropriate measure, according to the Secretariat of the Command Post, the body implementing the National State of Emergency proclaimed by the government on Feb 16.

The incident was the result of a confrontation involving five members of the defence force who were deployed to the area to wipe out members of the OLF, an insurgent group, who had infiltrated into the country from three different directions.

The wrong information which members of the force received led to the confrontation in which nine people were killed and 12 others were injured, the Secretariat of the Command Post said.

The five members of the defence force, including the commander, have been disarmed and apprehended.

Following the completion of the investigation, the suspects will be tried in a military court.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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