Ethiopian security officers injure two Kenyans, escape with police rifles


mapAbout 20 armed men attacked a village near Sololo town, injuring two people and disarming a police reservist officer on Tuesday.

Moyale DCIO Ayub Bakari said the attackers, who were dressed in uniform, were Ethiopian security personnel locally known as “Dabaka” in their country.

The gang, which crossed over to Ethiopia shortly after the incident, left with one FN rifle and 60 rounds of ammunition belonging to Guyo Galgallo, a KPR officer.

He said no arrests have been made and the government gun is yet to be recovered, but investigations have been launched.

Residents said the gang harassed several villagers while demanding to know the whereabouts of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) members.

The locals said the attackers were armed with AK47 rifles and other weapons.

Lataka Chief Roba Duba recorded a statement on the incident at the CID office in Moyale on Wednesday.

He said KDF officers and police visited the village and deployed patrols.

This comes after Ethiopia denied reports that their armed forces had taken over Illeret Police station in North Horr, on Wednesday last week.

Ethiopian Ambassador to Kenya Dina Sid, said the troops were patrolling their side of the land and were not on Kenyan soil as reported in the media.

During a press conference at State House Avenue, Nairobi, on Friday, Sid said the soldiers were on a border patrol mission ahead of elections to be held at the end of May.

Sid was reacting to reports that about 50 Ethiopian security forces armed with AK47 rifles crossed the border and stopped at the Police Station.

Sources said the troops stopped a police car and another belonging to an NGO, before disarming the officers and inspecting the occupants of both vehicles.


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