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Gunmen kill at least 42 in Oromiya region


Gunmen killed at least 42 people in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region, two residents who buried the bodies in mass graves said Friday, the latest killings in the country’s most populous region where escalating violence has left hundreds dead.

The latest attack by an armed group against residents occurred Tuesday, they said, in the Amuru district, around 230 miles west of the capital, Addis Ababa.

They said the victims were all Oromos and described the attackers as members of a volunteer militia known as Fano, mostly composed of ethnic Amharas. Clashes between the Oromo and Amhara, Ethiopia’s two largest ethnic groups, have been rising in recent months.

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