Ethiopia kills ONLF fighters, Swedish newsmen wounded

July 4, 2011

The pair had crossed into the region on Thursday from neighbouring Somalia along with a team of ONLF fighters that plotted to carry out attacks in the province, government spokesman Shimelis Kemal told Reuters.

“Fifteen rebel fighters, all armed, were killed while six were injured. Two Swedish journalists got lightly wounded during the operation,” he said. “They are in custody at the moment, having received treatment for their wounds.”

Officials from the Swedish embassy in the capital were not immediately available for comment.

The ONLF said it lost contact with the journalists on July 1 and blamed authorities in the breakaway Somali state of Puntland for their arrest.

“(The) ONLF believes that these photojournalists are now in the hands of the Ethiopian government and fears for their lives and safety,” it said in a statement.

“The ONLF further condemns the Puntland authorities who facilitated the arrest and passed their information to Ethiopian security agents,” the group added.

The allegations are difficult to verify because journalists and aid groups cannot move unhindered in the area.

Apart from the low key rebellion, the arid region has also been the scene of several kidnappings during the past four years and a number of banditry incidents.

Two workers of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) went missing in May following an ambush by gunmen.

Government authorities and the ONLF each blamed the other for a May 13 attack in which one U.N. worker was killed and another injured. The missing pair has since been recovered.

Ethiopian forces waged an offensive against the rebels in late 2007 after the group attacked a Chinese-run oil facility, killing 74 people. Analysts say the rebels were weakened but are still able to launch hit-and-run attacks.

Ethiopia says the Ogaden basin may contain 4 trillion cubic feet of gas and major oil deposits.


8 comments on “Ethiopia kills ONLF fighters, Swedish newsmen wounded

  1. The only point of entry to Ethiopia, especially for foreigners who need visa, is Bole international airport, Addis Ababa. Not Ogaden

  2. The other day I watched a video titled – “The Genocide of Ogaden” .
    The original title of the video was- Denan Then and Now and was first published in 2008, although ethiomedia and other advocate of ONLF tell us the video is produced in 2011. Beside that, the video is about drought and the plight of refugees, not genocide.
    Original link (2008) – [b]Denan Then and Now p1[/b] [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3fDtpV82Ss[/url]
    Link after the title is modified by ethiomedia – [b]“The Genocide of Ogaden”[/b] [url]http://youtu.be/gbgoPSxDR00[/url]
    The reason I brought this is to show how enemies of Ethiopia and their stooge use the propaganda tool to advance their own interest by deceiving the international community.

  3. Tazabi: what do you think is the work of genuine and professional journalists?

  4. It is shame for the so called journalists who works day and night aginst one ethiopia. I am against Woyane but when it comes the foreign interfrance i support woyane .

  5. Read what one ONLF thg based in U.K. has to say “Abdi Mahdi, who heads of the UK branch of the ONLF organization in London told TT on Sunday evening that he had been in contact with the reporters three days ago.

    “I spoke to them when they were on their way into Ogaden, and we provided them with guides and directions. The plan was for them to tour the whole area but when we didn’t hear from them we began to worry,” Mahdi told TT. ” [url]http://www.thelocal.se/34738/20110704/[/url]

  6. Don’t play with Ethiopia government,you will be punished badly learn from shabia..

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