Gunmen kills over 100 in a dawn attack in Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia

According to the Human Rights Commission of Ethiopia, gunmen in the western Benishangul-Gumuz region of the country killed more than 100 people in a dawn attack.

In a statement issued, the state-run Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said, “The attack occurred in the village of Bekoji in Bulen county in the Metekel zone, an area where multiple ethnic groups are living.”

It must be noted that since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was appointed in 2018 and accelerated democratic reforms that loosened the state’s control on regional rivalries, Africa’s second-most populous nation has been grappling with regular outbreaks of deadly violence. Also, elections due next year have further inflamed simmering tensions over land, power and resources.

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