The western region of Ethiopia is exempting over 80 armed rebels – Xinhua


ADDIS ABABA, November 7 (Xinhua) – Ethiopian Western Region Benishangul Gumuz announced on Wednesday the release of about 83 adolescents who were arrested during military training.

The Regional Police Commission said that 11 suspects detained for planning illicit training for local youth would not be released because they represented a major threat to peace and stability in the region, the Ethiopian Press Agency reported.

Most young people who have been unlawfully military training in the outskirts of the main Assos region are between 13 and 26 years old, according to the Regional Police Commission.

Individuals who conducted training were recruited by locals and eventually trained to kill civilians and create disasters in the region, was observed.

Illegal armed training for rebels is the latest development on the recent wave of violence, which is largely triggered by ethnic differences in cities across the region.

Last month, local authorities said that around a dozen people were killed in clashes in Assosi and its surroundings. Recent fatal ethnic conflicts often occurred among locals and other ethnic groups residing in the region.

The country, located in western Ethiopia along the border with Sudan, hosts the country's largest development project, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Bank, built on the Blue Nile River.

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