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5 senior officials of Ethiopia's Benishangul region have been arrested

Federal police say they have arrested five officials of the Benishangul-Gumuz region in Western Ethiopia. The detained officials include the deputy head of Benishangul-Gumuz regional state administration and security bureau and former mayor of Assosa town. The arrested five senior regional government officials were detained on suspicion of inciting two deadly conflicts that occurred in the regional capital Assosa town last June as well as the recent clash along the borders of Ethiopia's largest Oromia region and Benishangul Gumuz in late November. The suspects were said to be providing military training for locals in order to create chaos in the region. The arrests were made amid a recent wave of violence, mainly triggered by ethnic differences, in towns across the region. Last week, dozens of civilians and police officers were killed in Wollega areas adjacent to Benishangul for which no entities claimed responsibility so far.