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Armed men kill seven, injure three

Armed men have attacked and killed seven people, injuring three civilians in West Harerge Zone of Oromia regional state, The Reporter has learnt.

The civilians were attacked in their locality of Gumbi Bordede Woreda, Bordede town. The attack took place in the early hours of August 8, 2019. Following the attack, Oromia Communication Bureau issued a statement and has confirmed the causalities of the incident.

According to the statement, security officers from the National Defense, Federal and Regional police were deployed to the area. Yet, sources in the area disclose that the road from Dire Dawa, Harar to Addis Ababa was closed in the locality for the whole day.

“We will take legal actions on the perpetrators,” said the communication office. “We will also disclose more information regarding the attack.”

So far, nothing has been disclosed about the identity and whereabouts of the attackers.

In related news, in midday August 5, 2019, an unidentified policeman who is a member of the Federal Police force has shot and killed two of his colleagues including his Commander, here in Addis Ababa.

The killing took place inside the premises of Central Statistics Agency (CSA) where both the shooter and the deceased worked as a security inside the Agency. The officers have been working to safeguard a warehouse where 180,000 tablet computers and other equipment’s were stored.

The equipment’s which belong to the government were purchased to be used for the fourth national census. It can be recalled that the government has already postponed the census to be conducted next year. In this regard, the security officers were deployed to the Agency to secure the equipment.

Sources in the Agency told The Reporter that the shooter was agitated by a personal disagreement with his commander. The shooter got into an argument when he was told by his commander that he will be assigned to another place which led to a confrontation ending up in the death of two of his colleagues.