ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – Ethiopia's state-connected transmitter says the police have discovered a mass grave of 200 people in the troubled area between the country's Oromia and Somali regions.
Fana Broadcasting reported on Thursday night that the police conducted a court investigation for evidence of alleged abuse of forces loyal to the former President of the Somali region, Abdi Mohammed, who is now in jail.
The Fana report said the police were granted 14 days to demarcate and make forensic investigations on the estimated 200 bodies found.
The body seems to be related to a series of ethnic conflicts conducted by an unofficial militia called Liyu who was loyal to the former Somali regional leader. In August, Ethiopian officials said that Liyu performed an attack that killed 41 people and injured 20 others. Human Rights Watch accused Liyu of performing a brutal and relentless pattern of abuse, torture, rape and humiliation in the region.
Several hundred others were also killed when ethnic Somalis and Oromos collapsed in border areas to claim land and other resources in previous months.
A number of ethnic-based conflicts have plunged over Ethiopia which represents the most serious challenge to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed since he came to power in April.