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Gunmen attack bus in Ethiopia, kill 19: official

March 14, 2012

He said the gunmen have not yet been caught.

“We deployed a number of forces and we are still looking, and they are not yet caught,” he said, adding that he does not expect tha assaillants to launch further attacks in the area as security has been beefed up since Monday.

Omot said when police arrived at the scene bodies were strewn on the ground as the injured were taken to a nearby hospital. “That kind of thing is the very worst you can imagine,” he said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Ethiopia’s Gambella region, which lies some 700 kilometres (430 miles) to the west of the capital Addis Ababa, is one of the most fertile and resource-rich areas of the country.

In January the US-based Human Rights Watch accused Addis Ababa of forcing thousands of villagers from their land to make way for commercial farming developments, leaving people impoverished and hungry.

At least 3.6 million hectares (8.8 million acres) — an area larger than the Netherlands — has been leased to foreign and state-owned firms since 2008, with state security using force to drive people from off their land, HRW said.

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