Ethiopian army deploys troops to calm unrest in Oromia region

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Unrest in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s army says it is deploying troops to calm deadly unrest that has raged in the past three days mainly in the Oromia region.

The unrest was sparked when prominent activist Jawar Mohammed said the government was removing his security detail. He has since called for calm.

Army spokesman Major General Mohammed Tessema says ”soldiers are being deployed across Oromia and in Harar and Dire Dawa.”

A local official in the Oromia regional capital, Adama, has said ”the death toll could be in the dozens.” He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the media.

Report says several residents who are non-Oromos had been attacked.

Deadly ethnic tensions pose a major challenge to reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as next year’s election approaches.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere