Oromo Security Forces Kill dozens of Somalis in Ethiopia

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    Oromo Security Forces Kill dozens of Somalis in Ethiopia

    HARGEISA, (Horn Observer) Dozens of Somalis have been killed in the town of Hawadaay by Oromo security forces this week, in what many say the worst massacre against the Somalis at a single time, media reports.

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HARGEISA, (Horn Observer) Dozens of Somalis have been killed in the town of Hawadaay by Oromo security forces this week, in what many say the worst massacre against the Somalis at a single time, media reports.
Oromo security forces indiscriminately killed as many as 32 people who were sleeping at their homes at the   Eastern Ethiopian town of Hawadaay.
"We have counted 32 bodies, whose graves are being prepared.”  Ali Omar Allaale, a former lawmaker elected in the area told the VOA Somali service, "This is worse than Rwandan genocide.”’

The Sports Minister and Media Advisor to the President of the DDSI, Mohamed Bile told the BBC Somali Service that properties were destroyed and many people were killed in the attack, accusing the Oromo security forces for the act.


"There has been many deaths and properties were destroyed, since the Oromo army were undertaking the operation.” Mohamed Bile, Sports Minister and DDSI President’s media advisor told the BBC Somali service.

The situation seems to be out of control, after a Police officer in Somaliland opened fire at two people from Oromo community at security checkpoint between Hargeisa and Arabia,  the BBC Somali reported.

The town of Hawadaay is known to have been the center of the Khat business, which is argely exported to Somaliland and Puntland and most of those killed are believed to have been Khat merchants.

There has been border disputes between the Somali and Oromo regions in Ethiopia and there were accounts where the Oromo administration accused the Liyuu police for killing Oromo communities. It was not immediately clear if the killing of the Somalis have been an act of revenge.

However, Analysts think that the killing of the Somalis by the Oromos now might have been linked to the DDSI full support to the Tigrey led government, which  many Oromos believe have been widely oppressed by the regime. 

- Horn Observer -

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