At least 100 people dead, 36 injured after attack by gunmen in Metekel

ADDIS ABEBA – More than 100 people died in an attack early Wednesday by unknown gunmen in the Metekel zone of Benishangul-Gumuz, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said.

In a statement issued late Wednesday, the rights agency said the attack took place in the village called Bekuji – an area 90 km far from Bulen town of Metekel Zone.

The Commission said armed men stormed the area around 04 .00 a.m. and carried out the attack while the residents were asleep, following the security officials left the area to escort officials.

At least 100 people have been killed in fires and shootings perpetrated by armed men.

The commission said at least 36 people have also been admitted to the nearby Bulen Hospital. Many of the victims were shot at, while others were stabbed, it said.

The area is home to multiple ethnic groups but the latest attack largely targeted the Shinashas, reported the agency.

The rights agency reiterated officials both at the government and regional levels to give due attention to the recurrence attacks in the western region of Ethiopia.

The attack occurred a day after Prime Minister Abiy traveled to the region to discuss the recurrence of ethnic-based violence in recent months.

“The desire by enemies to divide Ethiopia along ethnic and religious lines still exists,” Abiy wrote on Twitter after his visit. “This desire will remain unfulfilled.”

Benishangul-Gumuz has witnessed at least four deadly attacks since September.