Police Arrested a Group Undergoing Illegal Military Training in Benshangul


Police Arrested a Group Undergoing Illegal Military Training in Benshangul
Police Arrested a Group Undergoing Illegal Military Training in Benshangul

Benshangul Gumuz Police arrested 51 people who undergoing illegal military trainings in the region, Ethiopian News Agency reports.

According to Seyfedin Jemal, a police commissioner, these people are arrested after police done an inspection in Assosa Zone.

About 31 people were arrested and 20 were handed themselves to police in Assosa Zone, Gengene Kebele, after the investigation, police said.

The group which include13-year-old child soldiers have been taking military training for over a year and have a plan to attack Benishangul Gumuz People, according to the report.

The police commissioner points out that the individuals are likely to be members Berta People Freedom Movement.

“The regional government was busy to solve a recent ethnic-based conflict, Seyfedin said, he was responding to a question about the current status of the region’s police over security issues in the area.

According to a report from Ethiopian Human Rights Council, more than 74 people have been killed and 90,000 people were displaced due to the September’s ethnic-based attack in the region.

Benishangul-Gumuz is one of the nine ethnic divisions of Ethiopia. It was previously known as Region 6. The region’s capital is Assosa.

The name of the region comes from two local ethnic groups – Berta(also called as Benishangul) and Gumuz.


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