Tensions resurface in Ethiopia’s Amhara region following hotel attacks blamed on ‘anti-peace forces’

Months of anti-government protests in Amhara and Oromia in 2016 led government to declare state of emergency.

By Ludovica Iaccino
International Business Times
January 13, 2017

The Ethiopian government has blamed “anti-peace” forces for a grenade attack that killed one and wounded dozens in the northern city of Gondar on 10 January. The attack, occurred at the Entasol hotel, follows a bomb blast at a hotel in the city of Bahir Dar earlier in January.

”The attack might be a new tactic started by anti-peace forces as the strategy they had been pursuing in the past failed,” Commander Assefa Ashebe was quoted by the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate as saying.
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Police have launched a hunt for the perpetrators. Both attacks have sparked renewed tensions in the Amhara region, which was rocked by months of anti-government protests in 2016.

Protests erupted when members of the Welkait Tegede, who identify themselves as ethnically Amhara – Ethiopia’s second largest group – demanded their lands be administered by the Amhara region, instead of the Tigray state.

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