Ethiopia ethnic attack leaves over 200 killed, witnesses say

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An ethnic attack in Ethiopia has left over 200 people dead in the country’s Oromia region, according to witnesses. The witnesses blame Oromo Liberation Army for the attack. However, the group denies this.

One witness, Abdul-Seid Tahir, said that he counted a total of 230 bodies after the attack, and says this is the “deadliest attack against civilians we have seen in our lifetime. “

“I have counted 230 bodies. Tahir stated that this was the most brutal attack on civilians he has ever seen. “We are burying them all in mass graves and are still collecting bodies. Federal Army Units are now here, but we fear that they could continue their attacks if they leave. “

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A man is silhoutted in a patchwork of harvested teff grain fields near the crash site of an Ethiopian airways operated by a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on March 16, 2019, at Hama Quntushele village near Bishoftu in Oromia region. 

A man is silhoutted in a patchwork of harvested teff grain fields near the crash site of an Ethiopian airways operated by a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on March 16, 2019, at Hama Quntushele village near Bishoftu in Oromia region.
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Witnesses say the attack was mostly committed against people who are ethnic Amhara

Another witness who asked to be identified by his first name, Shambel, said that the local Amhara community is desperately trying to be relocated “before another round of mass killings happen. “

Shambel said that ethnic Amhara in the area are being “killed like chickens. “

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The witnesses say that the Oromo Liberation Army is responsible for carrying out the attack, but the group denies it. The attack you refer to was committed by both the regime’s military militia and local militia after they retreated in Gimbi from our recent offensive,” stated Odaa Tarbii, an army spokesperson. “They fled to an area called Tole where they attacked the local population, and destroyed their property in retaliation to their support for the OLA. The attacks occurred even though our fighters hadn’t reached that area. “

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The country is currently experiencing widespread ethnic tensions over political tensions and historical grievances. The Amhara people are the second largest ethnic group in the country. They have been the target of attacks in Oromia and other areas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Adam Sabes is a writer for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to Adam.Sabes@fox.com and on Twitter @asabes10.

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