Ethiopia ‘kills 123’ ONLF rebels and surrounds 90 more

September 15, 2010

The force of around 200 rebels landed on the Red Sea coast on Saturday, the authorities in Somaliland said. They were then taken by truck to the Ethiopian border. 

Factional fighting

Somaliland – which has declared independence from the rest of Somalia but has not been internationally recognised – has previously helped the Ethiopian government in its fight against the ONLF (Ogaden National Liberation Front).

Mr Abdi says his forces encircled the ONLF rebels in the remote Maar Maar mountains, which form the porous border region between Somaliland, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

A senior ONLF commander, known as Hassan Bossaso, was captured, Mr Abdi told the BBC.

Ethiopia blames its regional arch-enemy, Eritrea, for supporting the ONLF – an accusation Eritrea denies.

The ONLF wants self-determination for residents of Ethiopia’s Somali region, which is also known as Ogaden.

In recent months, the Ethiopian government has signed peace agreements with various ONLF factions, says the BBC World Service’s Africa editor, Martin Plaut.

However, Ethiopia has not ended its conflict with the group led by the former head of the Somali navy, Admiral Mohamed Omar Osman.

This is the group reported to have mounted the latest attack, although our editor says it has now been all but eliminated as a rebel force.

source BBC

Additional link: Ethiopia troops arrive in Somaliland to hunt down ONLF rebels (Garowe Online)


2 comments on “Ethiopia ‘kills 123’ ONLF rebels and surrounds 90 more

  1. It is interesting that the ONLF landing on the coast of the Red Sea was suposed to be secret. Hmmm, my appreciation goes to the secret services of the Government of Ethiopia, that of Somali Land, and most of all to the “friends” with in the ranks of the Shabiya administration.

  2. The Mad Dog, Isayas, continue to waste his countries scarce resources and time in arming and training rebles, but never succeded. when will this mad man learn?? unless, it is the time to end him for the sake of his country and the regional stability.

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