TPLF Fighters Kill 22, Kidnap 20 Officials of Interim Admin in Tigray

ADDIS ABABA – At least 22 members of Tigray Provisional Administration have been killed by TPLF forces, State of Emergency Task Force for the region said.

In a statement Wednesday, the task force said fighters of the TPLF, a group designated as a terrorist entity by the house of parliament two weeks ago, ambushed a total of 46 civilian provisional administration staffers thus far.

It has killed 22, and kidnapped 20 leaders and staff of the interim administration, according to the statement. Four more have been wounded and hospitalized, it added.

They claim to be “fighting for the people of Tigray but have rather been actively engaged in the destruction of property, kidnapping and killing of members of the Provisional Administration”, the statement said.

Government said the interim administration is tasked with bringing stability to the region and returning normalcy to the lives of Tigrayans in the region”, which has been witnessing conflict since the beginning of November, 2020.

Authorities accused TPLF of burning down houses and firing ammunition into households.

“The ENDF and Provision Administration remain committed to stabilizing the region and holding perpetrators accountable,” the statement said.

The central government appointed the interim administration days after the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern region brokeout following TPLF forces carried out deadly attacks on military bases there in the early hours of Nov 4, 2020.

On Nov. 28, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ended the military operation, but sporadic fighting continued in the state.

Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced while tens of thousands of others fled the fighting to neighboring Sudan.