Ethiopia terror: ONLF guerillas or government provocation?

At least 16 were killed and 67 injured in two attacks in the eastern Ethiopia towns of Jijiga and Degah Abur May 28. Up to 11 were killed when a hand grenade was thrown as hundreds of people gathered at a stadium in Jijiga. Regional president Abdullahi Hassan was wounded as he spoke at a ceremony to mark the 1991 overthrow of Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam. The Ethiopian government blamed the attack on the separatist Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). Adurahmin Mohammed Mahdi, the ONLF’s spokesman in London, denied the claim. “Our policy is not to attack civilian targets or Jijiga,” he told Reuters. “The ONLF attacks military targets only.” (AlJazeera, May 28)

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