We’re just getting word of horrific news coming out of Africa today, where an Ethiopian official says more than 140 civilians — mainly women and children — have been killed by “heavily armed” groups. Multiple local outlets are reporting the death toll is much higher than initially reported — and that a number of children have been abducted as well.Via The Blaze:
The attackers came from South Sudan and killed civilians, including women and children, Getachew Reda, Ethiopia’s communications minister, told the Associated Press on Saturday.
“The Ethiopian defense force is currently chasing after the perpetrators,” said Reda, adding that there is no relation between the attackers and the South Sudanese government or the country’s rebels. “Our defense forces have so far killed 60 members of the attackers.”
Ethiopian forces may cross into South Sudan to pursue them, he said.The attack took place on Friday in Jakawa, in Ethiopia’s Gambella region and the attackers were members of South Sudan’s Murle tribe, said Reda. A number of children were abducted and taken into South Sudan, he said. The latest attack is much larger than past skirmishes, he said.
Some Ethiopian media outlets claimed the death toll was much high that initially reported.
— Eshete Bekele (@EsheteBekele) April 16, 2016
#Breaking: More than 200 killed in #Gambella after attacks by “heavily armed group” https://t.co/G2qB83TZia — Addis Standard (@addisstandard) April 16, 2016
The Ethiopian region hosts thousands of South Sudanese refugees who fled after war broke in their country in December 2013. It is also home to Ethiopian and South Sudanese armed groups that attack government installations and soldiers.
This horrific attack targeting mainly women and children reminds us, tragically, that terrorists — barbarians — come in many forms.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]