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Gunmen kill 32, burn houses in attack in Ethiopia

November 3, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Gunmen have killed 32 people and torched more than 20 houses in a raid in western Ethiopia, a regional administrator said on Monday.

(CNN)Gunmen have killed 32 people and torched more than 20 houses in a raid in western Ethiopia, a regional administrator said on Monday.

The killings were carried out on Sunday by an armed group called OLF Shane in the Western Wollega Zone of the Oromiya region, administrator Elias Umeta told Reuters.

OLF Shane says it is fighting for the right of the Oromos, the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia.

But there was no immediate known motive for the killings, Elias said.

The state-run Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said the attack had targeted people from the ethnic Amharic group.

"They were dragged from their homes and taken to a school, where they were killed," Daniel Bekele, the commission's chief commissioner, said in a statement, adding the death toll could be higher.

The latest killings add to recent incidences of violence in various parts of Ethiopia.

Last week clashes between two Ethiopian states -- Somali and Afar -- that have long disputed their border killed at least 27 people.

In mid October, at least 12 people were killed in the Metakal zone of Benishangul-Gumuz region.

That followed two attacks in the same zone in September, when 45 people were killed.

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