President of Ethiopia’s Oromo region warns rebel forces in the south and western regions of the country saying the government has a responsibility to protect the safety of citizens.
Lemma Megersa told local journalists today that elements who are armed and operating under the name of OLF should cease their destructive activities. He said the government has run out of patience and would not tolerate forces that undermine the country’s constitution and the security of citizens.
The Oromo Liberation Front meanwhile said in a statement today that the government had deployed its forces in the Oromo region and accused that the forces had carried out killings and looting.
On Friday, Ethiopian government forces clashed with combatants of the separatist OLF in Borena, Southern Ethiopia.
According to ESAT sources, at least five government forces were killed in the fight while about 30 OLF soldiers were injured. It was not immediately clear how many, if any, combatants were killed on the OLF side.Read more