Oromiya, home to Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group the Oromo as well as people from other groups, has experienced unrest for many years, rooted in grievances about political marginalisation and neglect by the central government.
Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had condemned what he described as “horrific acts” in Oromiya, without giving details. “Attacks on innocent civilians and destruction of livelihoods by illegal and irregular forces is unacceptable,” he said on Twitter.
“It was a massacre of Amharas,” he said, adding that he had survived by hiding in a forest and that he had heard the attackers speaking in the Oromo language.
There was no suggestion of TPLF involvement in Saturday’s attack in Gimbi.
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