Ethiopia command post says 9 civilians killed by mistake

Ethiopia's Command Post to probe recent killing of 9 civilians by soldiers

Ethiopian State media said on Sunday that soldiers shot nine civilians near Moyale on the Kenyan border after mistaking them for members of the banned Oromo Liberation Front who were trying to sneak into the country.

On Tuesday, the command post set up to oversee the implementation of February 19 State of Emergency said a unit of soldiers acted on incorrect information and killed the civilians "mistakenly" - a claim the mayor of the town contested, saying there were no armed people in the town.

An inquiry has been launched and the soldiers involved in the killings have been kept in custody.

Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) the lead government agency receiving the people said it had so far "received at least 20,000 Ethiopian asylum seekers in Moyale Town following their displacement from Ethiopia".

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The statement said asylum seekers had been streaming into Kenya since Saturday 10th March 2018 around 10 PM with the majority of them being women and children.

It said family kits were immediately released including tarpaulins, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, bar soaps, thermal blankets and jerrycans.

Top officials from the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) met on Sunday to start the process of choosing a replacement for Hailemariam, who will remain in his post until the succession is complete.

This emerged as residents of a town in Ethiopia's restive Oromia region yesterday disputed the government's characterisation of a deadly shooting that left nine civilians dead as an accident.


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