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Several banks robbed in Oromia region of Ethiopia

It is to be recalled that following Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's appointment exiled armed opposition parties came back to Ethiopia. One of the major parties amongst them is the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). There has been a controversy about the party not disarming even after coming home pledging to participate in peaceful political activities.  The disagreements have created instability in the Oromia region. In addition, the government and OLF have been accusing each other of the violence in the region. Recently, it was reported that several banks were robbed in different parts of the region. Sources say that the gunmen identified themselves as members of the OLF.  The robberies occurred within two days and the amount of money stolen is not known yet as there is still a security concern in the area. It is also reported that few employees of the bank are taken as hostages by the armed group. This is said to be one of the largest cash robberies in Ethiopia history.