Ambush kills 20 Muslim worshippers in Ethiopia’s Amhara region | Abiy Ahmed News

The violence was unrelated to battle within the neighbouring Tigray area, which started in November 2020.

Twenty Muslim worshippers have been killed in Ethiopia’s Amhara area after an ambush by unidentified armed males, an Islamic chief within the area mentioned.

The violence was unrelated to battle within the neighbouring Tigray area, which started in November 2020 and spilled over into Amhara and Afar areas final 12 months.

“The incident occurred yesterday when Muslims have been on their method to bury a person,” Seid Muhammed, president of the Amhara Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, informed Reuters on Wednesday.

Seid mentioned the armed males threw an explosive system on the Muslim crowd within the city of Gondar, killing three individuals and wounding 5. The opposite victims died within the ensuing chaos.

“There have been lootings of outlets and there have been makes an attempt to set fireplace to 3 mosques. One mosque suffered minor harm the place its mat was set on fireplace,” he mentioned.

Gizachew Muluneh, spokesperson for the Amhara regional administration, mentioned the incident was underneath investigation and he would give an replace later.

A humanitarian supply mentioned 15 injured individuals had been transported to Gondar Referral Hospital, and it was unclear what number of had been shot or injured by explosives.

In 2019, authorities arrested 5 individuals suspected of burning down 4 mosques within the city of Motta in the identical area.

Combating in Ethiopia’s wider battle has eased for the reason that federal authorities declared a unilateral ceasefire final month, saying it might permit humanitarian support to enter Tigray.

When Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took energy in 2018, he launched sweeping political and financial reforms that gained him worldwide reward, culminating within the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for peacemaking efforts with longtime enemy Eritrea.

Nevertheless, regional elites have mentioned Abiy’s reforms have centralised energy to the detriment of Ethiopia’s federal character, and a few have sought to claim their very own authority, resulting in strife.

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