March 13, 2012
An attack by gunmen on a public bus in western Ethiopia has left 19 people dead and eight others injured, an official said Tuesday.
"The attack took place yesterday (Monday) around 2 pm.... I suspect it was an anti-peace element we consider as rebels," regional president Omot Odeng Olol told AFP.
Omot said the suspected rebels armed with machine guns stole money and clothes from the passengers before opening fire on them.
He said the gunmen have not yet been caught.
"We deployed a number of forces and we are still looking, and they are not yet caught," he said, adding that he does not expect tha assaillants to launch further attacks in the area as security has been beefed up since Monday.
Omot said when police arrived at the scene bodies were strewn on the ground as the injured were taken to a nearby hospital. "That kind of thing is the very worst you can imagine," he said.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Ethiopia's Gambella region, which lies some 700 kilometres (430 miles) to the west of the capital Addis Ababa, is one of the most fertile and resource-rich areas of the country.
I wouldn't be surprised if Shabiya is envoloved in this tragic attack. If it is Shabiha's work the Ethiopian government need to do something about it but, lets wait and here what the Ethiopian Government has to say about it.
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