Nine civilians killed in Oromia state of Ethiopia

9 Civilians Killed, 12 Injured 'Mistakenly' by Ethiopian Army

9 Civilians Killed, 12 Injured 'Mistakenly' by Ethiopian Army

Addis Ababa March 11/2018 An inquiry team including generals from defense force has been dispatched to Oromia to investigate into the killings of 9 civilians.

At least nine civilians were killed and 12 others injured "mistakenly" by a unit of the Ethiopian army, security officials said on Sunday.

The soldiers were deployed to the Moyale area of the country's Oromiya region in pursuit of Oromo Liberation Front fighters who had crossed into Ethiopia from three locations, the Ethiopian News Agency said.

The wrong information that members of the force received led to the confrontation that killed nine people and injured another 12, Secretariat of the Command Post said.

According to a statement issued by a command post secretariat set up to oversee implementation of a February 19 state of emergency, the soldiers deployed in Moyale area in Oromia regional state, near the border with Kenya, acted on incorrect intelligence.

Similar recent unrest and violent incidents have forced the Ethiopian government to impose a six-month martial law effective as of February 16, saying it was to protect the country's constitution, citizens and their property from the dangers that would arise from the ongoing violent demonstrations in different parts of the country.

The five members of the defense force including the commander have been disarmed and apprehended.

The East African country had since the second half of 2016 witnessed a 10-month long state of emergency period that followed widespread public protests in parts of the country.

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