Local administrations in the areas between Oromia region and South region are reportedly seeking the intervention of the Federal government security forces as “Oromo Liberation Army” (OLA) militant activity made the security situation scary.
VOA Amharic on Saturday reported that the security situation in the districts between Guji Zone of Oromia region and Kore Zone of South Ethiopia region has reached beyond the capacity of the security apparatus in the region.
Last Monday, OLA militants killed at least eleven civilians and security forces when they launched a surprise attack in the area. Some of the victims were said to be hospital staff. Residents and officials from the zone where the incident took place have confirmed the incident.
They say residents have restricted their movements as it has become risky to leave home and get back home safely. Regular activities in the area are restricted due to the incident, according to the source.
VOA said an attempt to reach out to OLA spokesperson, Oda Terbi, who lives in North America was not a success.
Ethiopia’s Federal government did not remark on the situation either.
Meanwhile, the OLA has reportedly called for a strike in Wollega and many other areas of Oromia region of Ethiopia where it has been operating extensively. Ethiopian Media Service said that it has received information that banks and other service providers have been closed in many areas. Transportation service is restricted and vehicles are not moving. Normally, movement of vehicles in the region has been a risky business for years now as OLA has been engaged in kidnapping drivers and burning vehicles.
The Ethiopian government and OLA were expected to undertake a third and “final” negotiation. The timeline is undisclosed but there are reports that the effort for the third round of negotiation is already underway.
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