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Ataye : Oromo Liberation Front opened war in Amhara region

Oromo Liberation Front attacked is said to be a more organized one armed with heavy weaponry, and has claimed lives in Ataye  

Ataye _ Oromo Liberation Front
Oromo Liberation Front forces marching in the area where they operate (photo : screenshot from Tigrigna ዜና news video)

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The Ataye region of Ethiopia in Amhara region once again came under Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) military attack since Thursday of this week. It reportedly happened as the security arrangements in the region were withdrawn for deployment into other parts of the region. 

Ataye, Efrata Gidim,Majete,Jille Timuga, and Oromo administration in the Amhara region are among targets of the latest radical Oromo military attack that transpired in the past two days. 

Amhara Media Network reported about it on Friday, and the story was circulating on social media. 

On Saturday, Amhara Mass Media Agency(AMMA), a state media in the Amhara region, confirmed the news from residents of Ataye town. 

A resident told AMMA that there was gunfire since 10:00 P.M. local time on Thursday.  At least three people are reported dead, but the government is yet to disclose an official figure.  

Asked as to who the attackers are, a resident said anonymously “Who else it could be? It is ONEG [OLF].”  Oromo Liberation Front had a history of military attempts in Ataye and other towns in the region. In October 2019, the organization attempted to take control of the city only to be crushed by Amhara special forces. 

It was a non-stop gun fire. We hear grenades and heavy weapons including machine guns. 

The security situation continued to be tense on Saturday – a day after the attack.  Residents said that they were restricted to their homes and activity in the towns attacked by OLF seems to be paused. 

North Shoa zone Peace and Security Department head, Abera Mekonen, claimed that an effort was made to stop the attack but OLF forces were using group weapons. He confirmed that the gunfire started on Thursday and that  relevant Federal Security authorities are informed about the development. Mr. Abera said one 

According to a resident who spoke to AMMA on condition of anonymity, Federal forces have started arriving in Ataye town. Federal forces were first overwhelmed by Organized Oromo Liberation Front fighters to the point that reinforcement had to be sent. 

The Oromia regional state has been claiming that the Oromo Liberation Front’s capacity to disrupt the security situation in the region is weakened after military operation.

It has been customary for the authorities in Oromia regional state to claim arrests and elimination OLF fighters in the aftermath of massacres and security incidents. Today, the regional state claimed that it killed 21 OLF gunmen and arrested several others.  

Oromo Liberation Front has opted out of the sixth general election which is scheduled to take place in early June of this year. 

The intention of Oromo Liberation Front in launching the latest attack is unclear. Some activists who express their views on social media  tend to see it as an effort to distract the attention of the Ethiopian Defense Force from the campaign against TPLF elements. 

Given the history of OLF attempt to take control of Ataye town, which is along the Addis Ababa – Dessie road,  and in light of radical Oromo territorial claims, it is possible that the latest attack could have other military and political motives. 


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12 COMMENTS

  1. I think the first principle Borkena needs to grasp is to not speculate. You are endangering lives! Your only source is Amhara Media Network. Your only speculating “witness”? “Asked as to who the attackers are, a resident said anonymously “Who else it could be? It is ONEG [OLF].” No corroboration whatsoever! Borkena is the problem!

    • not speculation oneg did it before. Borkena quite women. oneg is problem. the other problem a subtle oneg supporter like yourself or with a differet agenda. speculation is unavoiable in a country where intrigue is a norm.

      • It is the Amara Liberation Front (ALF) who started this attack , now all of a sudden multiple forces who were in hiding in the area are involved including OLF. It seemed as if OLF was preparing for a heavier attack sometime in the future but ALF ruined OLF’s plan, now OLF is discovered in the area, amazingly Jihadists Arabs are on the ground fighting too, it is speculated the Jihadists are Egyptians or ISIS or both.

        It is feared the Jihadists might have retreated to some other part of Ethiopia without all the Jihadists currently engaged in the fighting or without all the Jihadists being killed or without all the Jihadists being captured.

    • Hold on please. They are doing the law enforcement operation. I am not happy to see civilians death, but for your evil act I must tell you this. You support the deatjh of civilians in Tigray. And you must harvest what you seed and the fence is starting to pierce and prikle your hands

      beseferachuhut kuna sefrew iyasakefuwachuh new meselegn

  2. As of 8:30 local time, gunfire is raging in Kemise, Ethiopia, according to Telegram text messages from trusted sources in the town. Likely between OLF militia and Amhara Special Forces (ASF) and/or ENDF. Amhara rsidents in the town have been waiting in terror for the fight near Ataye to make its way to Kemise. As of yesterday, transportation from Dessie to AA has stopped due to the fighting. More on this as we know more.

  3. I am reading the following tweets on the activist Seenaa twitter page. There are other similar tweets on other individuals’ pages. I am reading a different account as to what happened and who started this latest bloodshed. I am not sure who is telling nothing but the truth. That is why I am strongly advocating for an independent investigative body consisting of reputable foreign and domestic experts who will work under oath. I am in no way questioning the integrity of my dear editors but the story is taking place thousands of miles away. I am not also discrediting the claim by Seenaa bint Jimjimo either. The debate is becoming a pissing contest where one is saying a certain militia started all and the other side saying it is the other armed group that began killing innocent civilians. Take a look at these tweets.

    1) D Amhara barbaric liyu force, militias&elites work hand in hand. They kill& claim the body. In dc last year, they shot at our youth but They went on d media to claim they were shot at. Now in Wallo, they are killing Oromos &burning houses. Yet claim it happened to them. Coexist??

    2) Amhara force = heartless and mindless force/animals. They go after the weak and defenseless like women, children and injured.
    I think Ethiopians are happy such barbarism is no longer being acted under the name of Ethiopia rather pure and cold truth, the Amhara national force/mil

    3) Amhara regional forces are burning housing, destroy properties, killing anyone who speaks afaan oromo. In normal scenarios you call on federal force to step in but d federal force does seem to be okay wth what’s happening. Those of you in oromia regional force w/conscious 2stp in

    So who is telling the truth? I’m totally lost here and I believe so are many among the Diaspora like me.

  4. Does it help anyone that you are raving against the Amhhara, the Amhara, the Amhara….Calm down, be sensible, be positive, be brave… and everything will fall in place. There are millions of Amharas who have nothing to do with what you are raving about…..but who could be negatively affected by your hate speech.., so calm down again.

  5. As a citizen and above all as a human, I kindly ask both sides to refrain from such lose-lose game. Let bring our issues to the table and find solution and listen to each other for the sake helpless, weak, unaccompanied, elders and above all for peace and stability in the country. I believe pointing figure to one another is not useful and can not bring solution at this critical time and please let keep ourselves distant from such evil act. Be patient and CALL for federal government / official security to intervene.. Oromo =Amhara and Amhara=Oromo. No logic to confront each other.

  6. As a citizen and above all as a human, I kindly ask both sides to refrain from such lose-lose game. Let bring our issues to the table and find solution and listen to each other for the sake helpless, weak, unaccompanied, elders and above all for peace and stability in the country. I believe pointing figure to one another is not useful and can not bring solution at this critical time and please let keep ourselves distant from such evil act. Be patient and CALL for federal government / official security to intervene.. Oromo =Amhara and Amhara=Oromo. No logic to confront each other. After all it is a county both Oromo and Amhara forefather paid heavy price to date.
    Yaa Oromoo dubbi gad fagessii ilaali. Amhara guddayun betimona temelketew.
    I beg Allah to help us pass this difficult time.

  7. Ok folks! We have heard it all from the horse’s mouth. PM Abiy himself has finally admitted that serious human rights violations have been committed by soldiers of the defense forces in Tigray. He has admitted that women were raped and properties were looted by the soldiers. He has also promised that those who committed these crimes will be held accountable. I say good luck with that. Such wartime accountability will not be limited to the rank and file soldiers. It will travel all the way up in the ranks of commanding officers. You know or should expect what this entails. Mutinies that lead to a coup can be in the offing/plan right now as we speak. Remember war crimes are punishable by death and field commanders can be held responsible for allegedly widespread looting and rape. Jula and Bacha! Look out!! Abiy! Look out!!! How about Eritrean soldiers? Were they involved in the war? He did not say a word about that! He had told the world no foreign troops were involved in the war. Many have believed him. I did. Well, well, well!!! Is this the way how it still works? Ok bigots! Finally, you may be getting your wishes!!! The old country is on a silver platter just for to enjoy and pull it apart until it is unrecognizable!

    Here is what PM Abiy is saying:

    Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia
    @PMEthiopia
    “Reports indicate that atrocities have been committed in Tigray region. Regardless of the TPLF propaganda of exaggeration, any soldier responsible for raping our women & looting communities in the region will be held accountable as their mission is to protect.”

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