18 dead as thou­sands flee clashes in So­mali, Oromo re­gions

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Thou­sands of peo­ple are flee­ing Ethiopia’s So­mali re­gion fol­low­ing clashes in re­cent days.

Eigh­teen peo­ple are con­firmed dead fol­low­ing protests which erupted in towns in the east of the coun­try, Adisu Arega, spokesper­son of the Oro­mia re­gional gov­ern­ment, said.

He said 12 of the dead were eth­nic So­ma­lis while the re­main­ing six were Oro­mos.

The spokesman said that the trou­ble be­gan when a special unit of po­lice from the neigh­bour­ing So­mali re­gion ar­rested of­fi­cials from Oro­mia, who were then killed.

This sparked protests and clashes be­tween the two com­mu­ni­ties in eastern Ethiopia.

The spokesper­son of the Oro­mia re­gional gov­ern­ment al­leged that a special po­lice and mili­tia force of the So­mali re­gional gov­ern­ment as well as armed sol­diers from the re­pub­lic of So­ma­lia had car­ried out killings deep inside Oro­mia re­gion.

Mo­hammed Bile, an ad­viser of the So­mali re­gional state pres­i­dent, said that the Oromo re­gional po­lice were car­ry­ing out at­tacks against civil­ians at the re­gions com­mon bor­der.

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