Ethiopia arrests terror plot suspects

November 6, 2008

“The Kawerj are an extremist group operating in Ethiopia,” police spokesman Demsash Hailu told AFP without elaborating.

According to ENA, the “detainees (from the OLF) were mobilising finance and dispatching illegal weapons as well as recruiting members for their anti-peace activities.”

“Similarly, the Kawerj have been operating to carry out a terrorist attack in the town under the disguise of religion. (Their) leaders are kept in custody with their documents and weapons.”

The report did not say how many were detained.

Security was beefed up in Addis Ababa on Tuesday when security officials warned of an “imminent” attack, without elaborating on the nature of the risk.

A series of blasts have rocked the Ethiopian capital this year with authorities blaming neighbouring Eritrea, along with the OLF and the Ogaden National Liberation Front.

Relations between Asmara and Addis Ababa have been frosty since they fought a devastating 1998-2000 border war that claimed tens of thousands of lives on both sides. The dispute is yet to be resolved.