At least 100 killed in border clashes between Ethiopia's Somali and Afar regions - official

06 April 2021 - 19:24 By Reuters
Ali Bedel, a spokesman for the Somali region (NOT IN THE PICTURE), said 25 people had been killed on Friday and an “unknown number of civilians” died in a subsequent attack by the same forces on Tuesday.
Ali Bedel, a spokesman for the Somali region (NOT IN THE PICTURE), said 25 people had been killed on Friday and an “unknown number of civilians” died in a subsequent attack by the same forces on Tuesday.
Image: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) FOOD)

Border clashes between Ethiopia's Afar and Somali regions have killed at least 100 people, a regional official said on Tuesday, the latest outbreak of violence ahead of national elections in June.

Around 100 civilians were killed since clashes broke out on Friday and continued through Tuesday, Ahmed Humed, deputy police commissioner for the Afar region, told Reuters by phone. He blamed the violence on an attack by Somali regional forces.

Ali Bedel, a spokesman for the Somali region, said 25 people had been killed on Friday and an “unknown number of civilians” died in a subsequent attack by the same forces on Tuesday. He did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Humed's statement.

Reuters


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