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Ethiopia says mass graves with 200 bodies were found in disputed areas :: Kenya



200 mass graves were found in Ethiopia, police said [Courtesy]

Police in Ethiopia have found a tomb containing at least 200 bodies along the border between Oromiya and the disputed Somali region, state-affiliated media said.

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The mass grave was discovered during an investigation of a former Somali regional administrator who faced trial on allegations of human rights violations and sparked clashes, Fana Broadcasting Corporation said late Thursday, citing police officials.

It does not provide further details.

Abdi Mohammed Omer was forced to resign on August 6 and was arrested a few weeks later after violence took place in the provincial capital, Jijiga.

Human rights groups routinely accuse their governments of committing abuses such as torture, while some witnesses claim he has ordered paramilitary attacks on civilians in neighboring Oromiya province after ethnic clashes there last September.

The region has been hit by violence for decades because the government is fighting a breakaway Ogaden National Liberation Front before the two sides signed a peace agreement last month.

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