Ethiopians return looted cars and cash

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Cash was also returned to banks after an appeal

In the east of Ethiopia more than 100 vehicles have been returned to their owners after they were looted during ethnic clashes earlier this month.

Religious leaders and elders have been calling for reconciliation and urged people to return whatever they had seized during the unrest.

Officials in Jigjiga city say looted cash has also been returned to banks following the appeal.

When government soldiers deployed in the city as part of an effort to remove the president of the region, people from the Somali ethnic group attacked non-Somalis, set fire to a church and stole property.

The region has been calm since the president of the Somali region, who had been accused of fomenting ethnic tensions and backing a controversial state militia, was replaced last week.

Sammie Idika