Addis ABABA, November 7 (Xinhua) – The Benishangul Gumuz region in western Ethiopia on Wednesday announced the release of around 83 young men who were arrested while conducting illegal military training.
The regional police commission said 11 suspects arrested for orchestrating the training of illegal local youth would not be forgiven because they posed a major threat to the region's peace and stability, according to the government-run Ethiopia News Agency.
The majority of young people, who received military training were banned in the bushes near the capital city of Assosa, aged between 13 and 26 years, according to the regional police commission.
People who masterminded the training recruited local villagers and eventually trained them to kill civilians and create damage in the area, as noted.
Training in illegal armed rebels is the latest development amid the recent wave of violence, mainly triggered by ethnic differences, in cities throughout the region.
Last month, the local government said about a dozen people were killed in clashes in Assosa and its surroundings. A series of deadly ethnic disputes have recently occurred frequently between local residents and other ethnic groups living in the region.
The state, located in western Ethiopia along the border with Sudan, hosts the country's largest development project, the Great Ethiopian Dam, which is being built on the Blue Nile River.