There have been frequent clashes at the border of Benishangul-Gumuz and Oromia regional states, between the Kamashi people living across the border from Oromia and ethnic Oromos and Amharas living in the state. These conflicts resulted in dozens of deaths and the dislocation of thousands of Ethiopians. Officials have said that the cause behind the recent clashes is being investigated and five officials of the Benishangul-Gumuz region was arrested. The detained officials include the deputy head of Benishangul-Gumuz regional state administration and security bureau and former mayor of Assosa town. To ensure the safety of citizens and enforce the law, the Ethiopian government deployed federal forces to secure the regions rocked by the violence. It is known that ethnic tensions and violence have been on the rise in the country, which has been a challenge for the transformative regime of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.