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Monday, April 19, 2021

Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed Oders Military Response to ‘Attack’

Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, has ordered a military offensive to subdue Tigray state’s authorities, following an alleged attack on one of the army bases.

Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, has ordered a military offensive to subdue Tigray state’s authorities, following an alleged attack on one of the army bases.

Abiy accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the region’s ruling party, of launching the attack.

“This situation has reached a level where it cannot be prevented and controlled through the regular law enforcement mechanisms,” said a representative from the prime minister’s office.

In response to this, the authorities have shut down telephone, electricity and internet services in Tigray.

Tensions between TPLF and the government have increased with both sides accusing the other of plotting to use military force against each other.

Abiy’s office has also accused the TPLF of dressing its soldiers in uniforms to resemble those of the army near Eritrea to “implicate the Eritrean government in false claims of aggression against the people of Tigray”.

The details of the attack could not be verified immediately.

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