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Ethiopia offers reward for word on fugitive Tigrayan leaders

Ethiopia offers reward for word on fugitive Tigrayan leaders

ETHIOPIA has offered a 10 million birr ($260,000) reward for information on the location of fugitive leaders of a rebellious force in the northern Tigray region. The money for helping capture heads of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) was announced on state-run broadcaster EBC and tweeted by a government taskforce. TPLF leaders, possibly hiding in surrounding mountains since they lost Tigray's capital on November 28, had said they were fighting back. Reuters has not been able to reach them for comment for more than a week. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed and nearly a million…
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Ethiopia shifts focus from war to economy, U.N. worries about Tigray

Ethiopia shifts focus from war to economy, U.N. worries about Tigray

JACKSON NJEHIA and STEPHANIE NEBEHAY  ETHIOPIA’S prime minister has shifted his focus away from war, opening a cross-border highway to Kenya at the opposite end of his country, while the United Nations voiced alarm over ongoing fighting in the northern Tigray region. Abiy Ahmed cut the ribbon on a mega-highway linking south Ethiopia with Kenya's port of Mombasa, alongside Kenyan counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta, as part of Ethiopia's aspirations to become a regional powerhouse. "Just like the infrastructure, we should work on peace and security," he said at the border town of Moyale, refraining from mentioning Tigray. "Peace is a…
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Ethiopia’s Abiy denies guerrilla war emerging in Tigray

Ethiopia’s Abiy denies guerrilla war emerging in Tigray

ETHIOPIAN Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed denied on Monday that a rebellious northern force his troops have battled for over a month would have the capacity to mount a guerrilla war from the mountains of Tigray. Federal troops have captured the regional capital Mekelle from the former local ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), and declared an end to their offensive. But TPLF leaders say they are fighting back on various fronts around Mekelle. Ethiopia experts fear a drawn-out insurgency with a destabilising impact around east Africa. "The criminal clique pushed a patently false narrative that its fighters and…
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