Unrest Spreads In Eastern Ethiopia After Deployment Of Troops

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Unrest Spreads In Eastern Ethiopia After Deployment Of Troops

ADDIS ABABA – Mobs looted shops and burned down properties in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region on Saturday, as unrest gained momentum and spread across the province following deployment of soldiers, witnesses said.

On Friday evening, Ethiopian troops entered the regional capital Jijiga in an apparent attempt by central authorities to arrest regional officials, residents said. On Saturday soldiers traded fire with members of local government security forces.

Violence has since broken out in at least four towns, with mobs attacking civilians and looting property, witnesses said.

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