A total of 20 arrests including those who are said to have collaborated in what police call the Bahir Dar terror plot. Federal and regional authorities involved in investigating it
The Amhara regional state on Tuesday said it has arrested what it called suspects who were on the move to launch a terrorist attack in Bahir Dar city, the seat of the regional administration.
Fourteen others who are said to have collaborated with the suspects, according to the regional police, are also arrested. Residents of the city are said to have collaborated with security forces in making the arrest possible.
Authorities say that the suspects exploded grenades in four locations in the city on Monday evening.
A report by Amhara Media Corporation (AMC) indicated that police searched the residences of suspects on the same day.
Police made further claims that it had seized a sniper, two grenades, a machine gun, and more than 3700 ammunition during the search operation in the residences of the suspects.
It is unclear whether the suspects are linked to organised groups or if their move was politically motivated.
AMC, government-owned media, cited Commander Debalke as saying that Federal and regional authorities are undertaking an investigation on the suspects ( whose identities are undisclosed at this point in time), and the result will be made public.
The Amhara regional state had been undertaking a crackdown since last month. It was claiming that it is targeting groups who are operating in the region under the guise of FANO but working either for enemies of Ethiopia or to achieve a criminal purpose.
Over 4500 residents were arrested in the operation.
Opposition parties and activists have criticised the government crackdown. Many believed that it was intended to weaken FANO – a volunteer militia group that played a key role in reversing the TPLF military invasion of the Amhara region.
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