Ethiopian government confirmed that a German tourist is killed yesterday when an unidentified gunmen opened fire in one of the tourist attractions in Afar region, Eastern Ethiopia.
The state media, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, cited police commissioner of Afar regional state, Allo Afkie, to report that an Ethiopian is also wounded during the attack.
The tourists were visiting Erta Ale, an active volcano area in the Afar Depression – the desert part of the country which is also part of the Great East African Rift Valley.
The gunmen opened fire when one of the tourist and the Ethiopian driver (apparently a guide as well) drifted from the pack of tourists to take pictures in Ert Ale.
Ethiopian government expressed sorrow over the killing of the German tourist.
Government communication Minister office also announced that “government is undertaking investigation into the killing of the German tourist.
The identity of the German victim is not yet released.German Embassy in Addis Ababa did not disclose any information on its website regarding the incident either.
The Ethiopian driver who is wounded during the attack is taken to Ayder Hospital in Mekelle.
Attack on tourists in the region is not unprecedented. In 2012, five tourists were killed in the same region by unknown gunmen.
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