Gashamo, 23 June 2009 – A group of ONLF rebels killed two and seriously wounded several others when they ambushed a civilian convey carrying khaat [a narcotic leaf] from the town of Danod to Gashamo in Ethiopia’s Somali region.
Both victims are said to be well known traders in the region and are of Somaliland origins. It is not known why the guerrilla militants attacked their convey but this is not the first time they killed civilians in the region who hail from Somaliland – many believe ONLF has been angered by Somaliland’s relationship with Ethiopia.
ONLF is a rebel group based in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, they are said to get support from Eritrea just like the Al Shabab rebels in Somalia. ONLF claims that Ethiopia is an occupaying government and they have been carrying out insurgency attacks ever since 1984.
No official comments from the Ethiopian government.
Both men were buried in the town of Gashamo this morning, while one of the wounded was taken to Burao’s general hospital in Somaliland and is now in stable condition.