Country Risk: Oromia violence involving Ethiopia’s Somali region police

Country Risk: Oromia violence involving Ethiopia’s Somali region police likely to increase local anti-government militancy, attacks on commercial projects

IHS Jane’s Country Risk Daily Report


Several members of Ethiopia’s Somali region’s Liyu special police were reportedly killed by armed locals on 14 February in Gursum district, Oromia region, allegedly in response to recent raids into the area by these security forces, according to Ethiopian opposition media. Locals also seized unspecified amounts of police ammunition and weapons during the violence.

Earlier in February, both an Oromia government official and an Oromo opposition party had claimed Somali regional police involvement in recent cattle raids, looting, and killings in Oromia’s East Haraghe (which includes Gursum), Bale, Guji, and Borena zones.

Complicity by the Ethiopian government, dominated by its Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) wing, in these raids would most likely be part of a strategy designed to prevent the formation of a cross-ethnic domestic opposition and marginalise the ethnic-Oromo opposition ahead of the scheduled end of the state of emergency in April.

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2 Responses to Country Risk: Oromia violence involving Ethiopia’s Somali region police

  1. Alisomali February 17, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    Those cowards murders have nothing to with western Somalia ( occupied Ogaden )
    In fact the criminal liyu agazi are committes more acrocits in Ogaden and in Somalia proper in daily basis.
    Wayane dogs in western Somali are created by uk secret services mi5 And financed by Germany
    The aim is to help Abyssinian apartheid minority regime to kill Somalis and aspirations of oppressed peoples in fake Abyssinia….
    Oromia nation knows what iam talking about
    Those garbage wayane puppets ( mostly composed of drug adicts, common criminals and rapists )are not Somalis … real Somalis loves Oromia and supports their freedom struggle
    Long Oromia and will be free soon inshaALLAAH

  2. Murataa February 18, 2017 at 3:22 am #

    Viva Alisomali,

    Keep up the struggle for freedom and self determination! In the mean time, ONLF is suposed to make effort to align with Oromo local fighters to repel these TPLF dogs, Liyu Police.

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