By Staff Reporter
ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – The burial rituals of the slain Orthodox Christian priest and deacon and Father Tekle-Ab, servants of God, were performed yesterday at different churches in Nazareth (Adama) in the presence of many laity of Orthodox Christianity, relatives, and others who were saddened by the incident, sources said.
Mahibere-Kidusan Multimedia of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church reported here yesterday that two ministers of the holy Artu Arsema Church were shot dead by what is said, “unknown” armed forces in the satellite locality of Adama Town, Eastern Showa Diocese of Oromia Region.
Mahibere-Kidusan Multimedia said that the killing was carried out on 04 October 2023 around 8:30 pm. A priest (Father Tekle-Ab) and a deacon (Clergy Meseret) were assassinated and two priests and a layman were kidnapped by the armed forces.
An anonymous orthodox Christian devotee told Mahibere-Kidusan Television that, “there are frequent attacks on priests and parishioners around Adama Town, in East Shewa Diocese. As a result, many parishioners have fled the area.”
Regarding the October 03, 2023 killing and abduction, the individual who remained anonymous was asked if there was any action taken by the security forces during the mayhem. He said that members of security forces arrived at the scene after the attackers left the area.
The slain priest and deacon were buried last Friday. The funeral ceremony of priest Meseret was held at Adama (Nazareth) Boku Debre-Mehret Saint Michael Church, while Father Tekle-Ab was buried at Adama (Nazareth) Misrake-Tsehai Saint Gebre-Egziabher-Ab Church, Mahibere-Kidusan Television indicated.
Fathers and many parishioners, including His Holiness Abune Gorgorios, the archbishop of East Shewa Diocese, were present at the funeral ceremony, according to the television.
Mahibere-Kidusan Television further said that two servants of God including other individuals who were kidnapped on 04 October 2023 have not yet been released and their whereabouts are unknown.
Mahibere-Kidusan Television of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church reported that the office of the Diocese of East Shewa Zone has expressed great sorrow over the brutal killing and is discussing with the concerned party about the devastating security issue.
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