Selam Bus and two other buses affiliated with the ruling party attacked. United Nations issued travel advisories for its staff in Ethiopia.
Four buses carrying pilgrims to Kulbi Gebriel,one of the sacred places for the followers of Ethiopian church followers, are reportedly attacked by protesters near Arberekete, a town close to Asebe Teferei city, in the South Eastern part of the country.
The attacked buses are owned by companies affiliated with the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Selam bus, sky bus and Ethio-buses were selectively attacked by protesters while many other buses were travelling peacefully to Kulubi. Selam Bus Line Share company,was established in 1996, just a few years after TPLF took power, by Tigray Development Association, to “address nation wide need for public transportation”
According to Deutsche Welle Amharic service report, which cited travel advisory for staff by United Nations, the protesters ordered the passengers in the buses to alight and smashed windows and destroyed doors. No physical harm and injury was inflicted on the passengers.
As the protesters try to set the four buses on fire, added the report, military forces arrived in the scene and dispersed the protesters and the buses were escorted back to Addis Ababa. The report did not indicate if protesters were killed or wounded following the arrival of military force to the region.
It is to be remembered that Selam Bus was attacked a year ago during the protest in Gonder region, North Western Ethiopia.
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