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Police: At least 16 killed by gunmen in Ethiopia

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Gunmen killed at least 16 people and wounded about 24 in a small village in northeastern Ethiopia in one of the bloodiest attacks in the region, a local police official said on Monday.

The incident took place at around 1 am on Saturday local time in Oppno, a small village in Afambo district of the northeastern province of Afar.

“The gunmen came across Djibouti and killed people,” Ahmed Humaid, deputy police commissioner in Afar, told Reuters.

“We have never seen an incident of this magnitude in which many civilians lost their lives. We continue the investigation to identify the militants.”

Mohammed Hassan, director of Hebatti’s hospital in Afar, told Reuters 28 people had arrived at the hospital with injuries caused by explosive devices and gunfire.

He said an injured woman lost her husband and her four-month-old baby in the attack.

Ethiopia is now implementing political and economic reforms led by Prime Minister Abi Ahmed, who took office in April 2018 after violent anti-government protests led to the resignation of his predecessor Haile Mariam Desalin.

Abe, 43, on Friday won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end two decades of hostility with Eritrea.

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