26 people were killed and 15 injured in an ambush on a vehicle carrying militia in neighbouring Oromiya by gunmen suspected to be from Ethiopia’s Amhara region, local officials said on Thursday.
The Oromo are Ethiopia’s largest group and the Amhara is second. They have experienced frequent attacks on both sides of their border, mainly over land.
The assailants on Tuesday came in seven vehicles from a nearby town in Amhara, Local Administrator Frezer Abera said.
“We are still burying those who died. This is the first time that we have seen such a well-orchestrated attack in our area,” he said.
After the attack, the assailants called Oromo militia members with a phone of one of the deceased to say they were members of the Fano volunteer Amhara militia.
In recent years, Ethiopia has struggled to contain violence in its ethnically-based regions.