Toronto – At least six Ethiopians were reportedly killed and six others wounded in Balad Hawo town of Gedo along the Somalia-Ethiopia border.
According to Shabelle Media Network, Somali News Source, the victims were of ethnic Oromo origin.
The attack happened around midnight on Sunday.
VOA Somali service cited Balad Hawo town mayor, as reported by Somali news sources, as saying that five of the victims were women and two men. One of the victims is said to be a Somali woman.
While authorities have established that gunmen are behind the attack, it is not indicated if it was politically motivated in connection with the Memorandum of Understanding Ethiopia and Somaliland signed on January 1, 2024.
There had been threats expressed – on social media platforms – against Ethiopians living in Somalia after the MoU agreement had been signed. Somalians – in the country and abroad- have been outraged by the MoU agreement. Neither Somalia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation nor Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry remarked about the incident at the time of this writing.
The agreement caused tension between Somalia and Ethiopia as the former sees the latter’s deal with the breakaway region of Somaliland as a violation of its sovereignty. Although it was stated by Ethiopian government authorities that the MoU agreement would be finalized within a month, no signs of progress is observed in terms of finalizing it.
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