Ethiopia uncovers mass grave with 200 bodies in strife-torn region

Above, a refugee camp in the Somali region of Ethiopia on December 19, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 09 November 2018
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Ethiopia uncovers mass grave with 200 bodies in strife-torn region

ADDIS ABABA: Police in Ethiopia have uncovered a grave containing at least 200 bodies along the border between the strife-torn Oromiya and Somali regions, state-affiliated media said.
The mass grave was found during an investigation of a former administrator of the Somali region who is facing trial on charges of human rights abuses and stoking clashes, the Fana Broadcasting Corporation said late on Thursday, quoting police officials.
It did not give further details.
Abdi Mohammed Omer was forced to resign on Aug. 6 and was arrested weeks later after violence broke out in the provincial capital, Jijiga.
Rights groups have routinely accused his administration of abuses such as torture, while some witnesses claimed he had ordered paramilitary raids on civilians in neighboring Oromiya province after ethnic clashes there last September.
The region has been plagued by violence for decades as the government fought the secessionist Ogaden National Liberation Front before both sides signed a peace deal last month.


Explosion reported at Savoy Cinema in Colombo: Sky News

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Explosion reported at Savoy Cinema in Colombo: Sky News

DUBAI: The Sri Lankan defense minister says the police carried out the controlled explosion near Savoy Cinema in Colombo on Wednesday.

The Deputy Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene confirmed the details at a press conference in the city.

Meanwhile, a Sri Lankan minister says more than 100 people were arrested in connection with the Easter explosions.