South Sudan Gunmen Kill 28 in Ethiopia

Murle gunmen allegedly crossed into Ethiopia’s Gambella region and killed 28 people before fleeing with 43 children.

Gambella attack leaves 28 dead
Ethiopia reports deadly raid by gunmen from South Sudan


More than 1,000 gunmen from South Sudanese killed 28 people and kidnapped 43 children in Ethiopia’s Gambella province, an Ethiopian official says.

Men from the Murle community, who crossed into Ethiopia, are being blamed.

“Murle bandits carried out the attack. They fled along with 43 children,” Chol Chany, a regional government spokesman told Reuters, using a term for a local ethnic group.

“The [Ethiopian military] is pursuing them. The assailants haven’t crossed over to South Sudan yet.”

Mawien Makol Arik, spokesman for South Sudan’s foreign ministry, said he was aware of fighting in Gambella. He said Ethiopian troops have not yet crossed the border into South Sudan in pursuit of the accused attackers.

Feuding communities on both sides of the border have been known to attack each other, often carrying away spoils.

The latest raids took place almost a year after similar attacks in the province’s Jikawo and Lare areas, that killed 200 people and kidnapping more than 160 children.

At that time, residents of Gambella town demonstrated, demanding justice and calling for better security.

The latest raids were carried out over two days – first on Sunday and then Monday – in Gambella’s Gog and Jol areas, which border South Sudan, Chol Chany is quoted by Reuters as saying.

* BBC News and Al Jazeera contributed to the story.

11 thoughts on “South Sudan Gunmen Kill 28 in Ethiopia

    1. Well, first we would like to invite the shabo made 200 Facebook freedom fighters called Gambella liberation front to release a statement from one of the Starbucks in the US. Then, they should tell us which of the 28 killed were moved by force by “woyane” and give us clear clarification if “TPLF” should go to save the kids by crossing into Sudan.

  1. Ethiopia: an island of stability in the horn region and fastest economic growth, but 20% of its 100m population starving, ethnic clashes, a number of armed rebels operating inside the country, government killing hundreds of innocent and unarmed protesters, a country in a state of emergency for several months, bad governance that contributed thousands of its people to scavenge from garbage, cholera outbreak, etc. The misery of the Ethiopian people is endless, yet they and their lords are trying to mislead the world by calling Ethiopia an island of stability with the fastest economic growth.

  2. የአርበኞች ግንቦት 7 ታጣቂዎች በሰሜን ጎንደር በተለያዩ ስፍራዎች ጥቃት ፈጸሙ

    ኢሳት (መጋቢት 6 ፥ 2009) – የአርበኞች ግንቦት 7 ታጣቂዎች በሰሜን ጎንደር ዞን የተለያዩ ስፍራዎች ማክሰኞ ምሽት ጥቃት ፈጸሙ። ከአይን ምስክሮችና ከንቅናቄው ምንጮች ለመረዳት እንደተቻለው በጭልጋ፣ ደንቢያና በጎንደር ዙሪያ ወረዳዎች በተመሳሳይ ቀንና በተቀራራቢ ሰዓት በመንግስት ሃይሎችና ተቋማት ላይ ጥቃት ተፈጽሟል።

    በትግል ላይ እያሉ መስዋዕትነት በከፈሉት ሻለቃ መሳፍን ጥጋቡ ወይንም ገብርዬ እንዲሁም በታጋይ ጎቤ መልኬ እና በአበራ ጎባው ስም የተሰየሙት ወታደራዊ ዘመቻዎች፣ ማክሰኞ መጋቢት 5 ፥ 2009 የመከላከያ ሰራዊት አባላትን መግደልና መቁሰል ጭምር ማስከተላቸውንም ለመረዳት ተችሏል።

    ዘመቻ “ዋዋ” የሚል ስያሜ በተሰጠው በዚሁ ጥቃት ከጎንደር 80 ኪሎሜትር ርቀት ላይ በሚገኘው በመከላከያ ሰራዊት ካምፕ ላይ ጥቃት ተሰንዝሯል። በጭልጋ ወረዳ ነጋዴ ባህር ከተማ በሰፈረው የመከላከያ ሰራዊት አባላት ላይ በተሰነዘረ ድንገተኛ ጥቃት 3 ወታደሮች ሲገደሉ፣ 15 መቁሰላቸው ተመልክቷል። በአምስቱ ላይ የደርሰው ጉዳት ከፍተኛ በመሆኑ ጎንደር ሬፈራል ሆስፒታል ሲወስዱ፣ ቀላል ጉዳት የደርሰባቸው 7 ወታደሮች በመተማ ገንዳ ውሃ ሆስፒታል በህክምና ላይ መሆናቸውን የተገኘው ዜና ያስረዳል።

    በቅርቡ በትግል ሜዳ ላይ እያሉ የተሰውትን ጎቤ መልኬን ለማስታወስም በስማቸው መጠሪያ “ዋዋ” የተሰየመው ዘመቻ ተሳታፊ የሆኑት የአርበኞች ግንቦት 7 ተዋጊዎች ጥቃቱን ፈጽመው ወደ ነበሩበት መመለሳቸው የተገለጸ ሲሆን፣ በመከላከያ ሰራዊት በኩል በቡድን መሳሪያ የተደገፈ የአጻፋ ምላሽ መሰጠቱም ተመልክቷል። በመትረየና ላውንቸር የተደገፈውን የአጸፋ ምላሽ ተከትሎ በአካባቢው ውጥረት መንገሱንና የትራንስፖርት አገልግሎት መቋረጡም ተመልክቷል።

    በዚሁ በጎንደር ዞን ደንቢያ ወረዳ በተመሳሳይ ቀን ዘመቻ ገብርዬ በሚል በተሰየመው ወታደራዊ ዘመቻ በቆላ ድባ ከተማ በሚገኝ የከተማው አስተዳደር ጽ/ቤት ላይ በተከፈተ ዘመቻ የአስተዳደር ጽ/ቤቱ በከፊል ሲወድም፣ የአስተዳዳሪው መኪና መቃጠሉንም የመጣው ዜና ያስረዳል። በተመሳሳይ ጯሂት ከተማ የመከላከያ ሰራዊት አባላት በካምፕነት በሚጠቀሙበት ቁጥር 2 በተባለው ጽ/ቤት ላይ በተሰነዘረ ጥቃት በወታደሮቹ ላይ የቃጠሎ ጉዳት ደርሶባቸዋል።

    በአብራጅራ ከተማ አብራጅ ጽ/ቤት በሰፈሩ የመከላከያ ሰራዊት አባላት ላይ እንዲሁም በቸንከር ቀበሌ የከተማዋ ኮማንድ ፖስት ማዘዣ ላይ ጥቃት ተፈጽሟል። በጥቃቱ የቸንከር ቀበሌ ኮማንድ ፖስት ማዘዣ ጣቢያ ሲወድም፣ አንድ የኮማንድ ፖስቱ አባል መጎዳቱንና አንድ መጋዘን መቃጠሉን የኢሳት ምንጮች ገልጸዋል።

    በሰሜን ጎንደር አካባቢዎች መሳሪያ አንስተው በትግል ላይ ከነበሩት አንዱ በነበረውና መስዋዕትነት በከፈለው በአበራ ጎባው ስም በተመሳሳይ ቀን በጎንደር ዙሪያ የአርበኞች ግንቦት 7 ሃይሎች ጥቃት መፈጸማቸውም ተመልክቷል።

    የአርበኞች ግንቦት 7 ተዋጊዎች ማክሰኞ መጋቢት 5 ፥ 2009 እኩለ ሌሊት አካባቢ በጎንደር ዙሪያ ወረዳ በደጋማ ከተማ በወህኒ ቤት እንዲሁም ኮማንድ ፖስቱ በሚጠቀምባቸው ቢሮዎች ላይ ጥቃት መፈጸሙ ታውቋል። እንዲሁም የአማራ ክልል ምክር ቤት አባል በሆኑት በአቶ ደሴ ዘገየ መኖሪያ ቤት ላይም ተመሳሳይ ጥቃት መከተሉንም የኢሳት ምንጮች ገልጸዋል።

  3. I think the minority regime in Ethiopia lost control of the governing role. What is waiting for? Call all opposition group and make free election. There is no way this government can continue to gavern like this. Poor 90 milion people. What happened with ethiopian people? Ygermal ! Ydenkal! MN aynet enklf new yetegnutt! ! Meharena kristos ale!

    1. Did you say the same when over 1000 Eritreans lives lost into the sea just in one year or the once in Ethiopian camp running from your king? Why the hypocrisy? Defar

      1. You can give your opinion but done call names ok. I just I gave my opinion to ethiopians. First of all the 1000 eritreans were not dead in side eritrea. They were out of eritrean land when it happened. OK secondly they left eritrea for better life. Not someone crossed and gun down them.

      2. 500 of them are.your brothera and sisters from wukro to mekele to raya now the old trick of replacing Eritreans in the camps with your sis and bros is over so they go amd go and go…as and and lybia etc i bet you are not that ignorant.. …defar we defar!

  4. ኣሌክ - Alec you · Edit

    R.I.P to the innocent ppl.

    Well the question is.. why are ppl expecting the TPLF junta to protect them? The same regime-(TPLF)-> that’s killing them without mercy. So, don’t get surprised poor Ethio-ppl, cuz for ur information.. Its happening twice. And Woyane-Tigray doesn’t care, they want ppl to be afraid so they will not be a threat to the Tigrayan/Agame dominated power.

  5. The Thugs seem to always find some entities they need to pursue into neighboring countries. Maybe this one has to do with the budding relations between S. Sudan and Egypt. Aye mergem

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