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ESAT report blames OLF for Oromia-Binishangul clash in western Ethiopia

Ethiopia has been rocked with ethnic violence in different regions. The latest round of deadly ethnic violence in the country has hit areas bordering the Oromo and Benishangul-Gumuz regions in Western Ethiopia. It is reported that at least 40 people were killed in the clashes and thousands have fled their homes. Recently federal police said that they have arrested five officials of the Benishangul-Gumuz region in Western Ethiopia in connection with the violence. The detained officials include the deputy head of Benishangul-Gumuz regional state administration and security bureau and former mayor of Assosa town. In another report made by The Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT) police commander for the Benishangul-Gumuz region said that splinter group of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) is responsible for the crisis in the region. It is known that the OLF and other opposition parties in exile came back to Ethiopia after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed invited them to return home and participate in politics after years of armed struggle.