Death Toll in Western Ethiopia Attack Rises to 222

After an attack in the village of Bekoji, Bulen zone of the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Western Ethiopia, the Red Cross has said death toll has hit 222.

On Wednesday, attackers laid siege on locals in their sleep, razed houses and killed at least 100 at the time.

The Ethiopian government condemned the action and said 42 of the attackers were killed on Thursday, while security has been provided for inhabitants of the region.

The Red Cross revealed that 207 locals and 15 attackers were found dead in the region, in Ethiopia’s latest security upheaval.

Attacks have become commonplace in the East African country with a conflict between the national forces and the Tigrayan forces just beginning to settle.

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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed described Bekoji attack as a “massacre” and promised to bring those behind it to justice.

The attack came shortly after he visited the region.

Read: Ethiopian Forces Kill 42 Armed Men Behind Benishangul-Gumuz Attack

Ethiopia, facing one of Africa’s biggest security concerns will hold its national election on the 5th of June, 2021, according to the National Electoral Board.

The election is going head-to-head between the warring Prosperity Party and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Security situation in Ethiopia has become an issue of international concern, with the AU, EU and UN all meeting with the Ethiopian government in recent weeks.

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