By Liban Golicha
Published on May 27th 2015 at 00:00 GMT +3
More than 30 heavily armed Ethiopian soldiers invaded Lataka village in Sololo on Tuesday morning and allegedly roughed up locals.
The soldiers also allegedly disarmed a Kenya Police Reservist (KPR) officer and arrested some residents of the village. Locals claimed the foreign soldiers demanded they produce and disclose whereabouts of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebels, which is an outlawed militia in Ethiopia. The incident happened two days after Ethiopia held its national elections and at a time when the Sololo border remained closed due to the polls. Speaking to The Standard, they said soldiers were armed with hundreds of bullets, AK47 rifles, hand grenade and other sophisticated weapons.
“They roughed up several people in the village and my elder brother suffered head and leg injuries during the 6am incident,” a resident, Halkano Huka, said. Locals said the troops crossed into Kenya on Monday evening, through the Godi-loni border point, and invaded Lataka village on Tuesday morning which is some 20 kilometres from the border.