Ethiopia says it will act after video shows uniformed men burning civilians alive | Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s government said on Saturday it would take action against the perpetrators after a video emerged on social media showing gunmen, some in military uniforms, burning civilians to death in the west of the country.

The Ethiopian government’s communications service said in a statement posted on its Facebook page that the incident took place in the Ayisid Kebele area of ​​Metekel in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, a site of frequent ethnic violence for more than a year in which hundreds of civilians died.

“A horrific and inhumane act has recently taken place… In a series of gruesome images circulating on social media, innocent civilians have been burned to death,” the statement read.

He did not say when the events took place or who was responsible.

“Regardless of their origin or identity, the government will take legal action against those responsible for this gross and inhumane act.”

Reuters was unable to verify the time and location the video was filmed or the actions it showed. In the video, some of the men in the crowd are wearing Ethiopian military uniforms as well as uniforms from other regional security forces.

Military spokesman Col. Getnet Adane and government spokesman Legesse Tulu did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The violence in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, which is home to several ethnic groups, is distinct from the war in the northern Tigray region that erupted in November 2020 between Ethiopian federal forces and rebel forces of the People’s Liberation Front of Tiger.

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