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Ethiopia: Five killed, eight injured in North Shewa, tension continues

Five people have been killed and eight are injured during the four days clashes with the armed groups operating in the northern part of the country in Ataye town.

A focal point for a conflict for the last several months, Ataye town is still under tension and instability, Kassahun Embiale, security head of the North Shewa told BBC Amharic.

He also mentioned that there are a number of armed groups operating in the area to create conflicts. “This are groups assigned by parties who want to destabilize the region and many of them are Afan Oromo speakers,” he said.

However, he did not give detail information about the armed groups and their real motives other than a generalized blame.

The clashes continue for the last four days but situation is not under control so far, according to Kassahun.

Northern Shewa, the Amhara zone is the zone where the former kingdom, province currently zones of Shewa all started.

Based on the 2007 Census conducted by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA), the Zone has a total population of 1,837,490 with an area of 15,936.13 square kilometers. While 214,227 or 11.66% are urban inhabitants, a further 112 or 0.01% are pastoralists.

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