Twelve dead in attacks in western Ethiopia

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Twelve dead in attacks in western Ethiopia

At least 12 people were killed in the western Ethiopian state of Benishangul-Gumuz during the second cycle of violence in less than a week, according to the authorities.

State spokesman Melese Beyene told the BBC that the violence was a “conflict between individuals” and that arrests had been made.

But a senior official with the Amhara National Opposition Movement, Desalegn Chane, told the BBC the violence was a continuation of ethnically-related attacks on minorities.

He said the death toll could reach 18.

Officials in the region last week said 14 civilians were killed in attacks. Fourteen other alleged perpetrators attacks were also killed.

The region has witnessed a rise in violence in recent months, with the Amhara and Agew ethnic minorities being targeted.

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