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More than 200 people killed in attack in Ethiopia

NAIROBI, Kenya ( Associated Press) – An attack in Ethiopia has killed more than 200 people, mostly members of the Amhara ethnic group, eyewitnesses said Sunday.

It happened in the Oromia region, with eyewitnesses saying a rebel group was responsible for the attack. The rebels, however, rejected the allegation.

It would be one of the deadliest attacks in recent history in Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country and where ethnic tensions are rising.

“I counted 230 bodies. I fear this is the worst attack on civilians in our lives,” Gimbi County resident Abdul-Seed Tahir told the Associated Press after surviving Saturday’s attack.

“We are burying them in mass graves and we continue to dig up the dead. Army units have already arrived but we fear the attacks will continue if they leave.”

Another witness, who only wanted to give his maiden name Shambelle out of fear, said the Amhara community is now desperate to relocate “before another murder takes place”.

He said the Amhara community, who settled there some 30 years ago as part of a rehabilitation programme, are being “crushed like chickens.”

Both witnesses blamed the Oromo Liberation Army rebel group. In a press release, the Oromia governor also blamed the group, saying the rebels “attacked because they were unable to resist an operation launched by (federal) security forces.”

But group spokesman Oda Tarabi denied the allegations.

“The attack you are referring to was carried out by regime forces and local militias, who were withdrawing from their camp in Gimbi following our recent attack,” the spokesman said in a message to the Associated Press.

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