Ethiopian security forces kill 119 suspected rebels – Local media




forces in ’s Oromia regional state have killed 119 suspected Oromo Liberation (OLA) rebels, an Ethiopian official said on Sunday.

Alemayehu Tesfaye, Chief Administrator of East Wollega zone of Oromia regional state, said forces killed the 119 suspected OLA rebels during operations in recent days.

Tesfaye said a further 43 suspected OLA rebels and their accomplices had been arrested during recent operations, reported state outlet Oromo Broadcasting Network (OBN).

OLA is a breakaway faction of an ex-rebel group Oromo Liberation Front (OLF).

OLF is an opposition political party claiming to fight for the rights of ethnic Oromos who make up about 35 percent of ’s 110 million plus population.

The OLF was designated as a terrorist group by the Ethiopian parliament in 2011.

OLF was removed from the terror list in July 2018 to help facilitate negotiations and foster reconciliation.

However, a breakaway faction of OLF estimated to have around nearly 3,000 fighters operates in the western and southern parts of ’s Oromia regional state, the principal homeland of ethnic Oromos. (Xinhua/NAN)

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