At least 17 dead in Ethiopia clashes


At least 17 people have died in communal violence triggered by a personal dispute in western Ethiopia, a report said Monday.

The AMMA news agency said there were clashes Saturday and Sunday pitting the Gumuz ethnic group against the Amhara, the second largest in the country, in Benishangul Gumuz state.

The director of communications, Asmahegn Asres, in neighbouring Amhara state, told AMMA that 11 Amhara and six Gumuz people were killed in the clashes and the toll could mount.

“The death toll could rise even further as there is a search mission underway to find missing bodies, with federal police and army units deployed in the area to prevent a recurrence of the violence,” the director was quoted as saying.

“Around 25 houses have been burned in the ethnic violence which started as a personal dispute between two daily labourers,” he added.

Communal clashes, typically sparked by disputes over land, are common in Ethiopia where a fast growing population has added to pressures on farmers in a country of sharp ethnic divisions.



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  1. Folks, be prepared, if you are not already, for more of such senseless carnage. It seems customary that no one is being held responsible for such deadly behavior in a court of law, even in a civil court. Haters have not brought missiles with them but they have more deadly weapons in their hands. They have every social media outlet in their WMD(weapons of mass destruction) in their arsenal. They are trying every violent means that they did not succeed on the battlefields. I will not direct you to such wicked sites but they are not hiding from any one. They could not reach their targeted youth using the most powerful bullhorn but now, thanks Facebook and similar others are now able to land right on the palms of the gullible and desperate youth.

    May The Almighty Our Creator Save Our Glorious People!!!!!!!!!

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