AUC Chairperson

African Union ‘Strongly Condemns Killing of Civilians’ in Western Ethiopia

ADDIS ABEBA – The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has “strongly condemns” today the deadly attack on minorities in western Ethiopia.

At least 32 people were killed in an overnight attack in West Wollega Zone of Oromia region.

Mahamat “strongly condemns the killing of innocent civilians following inter-communal violence in Ethiopia,” the AU said in a statement released earlier today.

The Chairperson “extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes speedy recovery to the wounded”, the statement reads.

Mahamat has also called on national authorities “to ensure that the perpetrators of these heinous crimes are found and held accountable”.

Authorities say the Nov. 1 raid was undertaken by members of the OLF Shane, a militant breakaway group of the Oromo Liberation Front, working with the support of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front or TPLF.