Woyanne Bandits kill Somali civilians, witnesses say – CNN

August 16th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopian forces in Somalia have killed at least 46 civilians after a roadside bomb ripped through their military convoy, residents said.

The violence happened Friday on the road linking Mogadishu to the agriculturally rich town of Afgooye, residents said.

The civilians were riding in two minibuses traveling on the same road, they said.

“There was huge explosion, which blew one of the Ethiopian military vehicles off the road,” said Omar Nur Abdirahman, who lives in Arbiska, scene of the incident. “Afterward, Ethiopian soldiers started shooting people in the two minibuses wildly.” (more…)

Ethiopian forces in Somalia have killed at least 46 civilians after a roadside bomb ripped through their military convoy, residents said.

The violence happened Friday on the road linking Mogadishu to the agriculturally rich town of Afgooye, residents said.

The civilians were riding in two minibuses traveling on the same road, they said.

“There was huge explosion, which blew one of the Ethiopian military vehicles off the road,” said Omar Nur Abdirahman, who lives in Arbiska, scene of the incident. “Afterward, Ethiopian soldiers started shooting people in the two minibuses wildly.”

The Ethiopians are backing Somalia’s transitional government.

Omar said he and others fled to the nearby forest as the Ethiopian forces began shooting everywhere.

Another witness — Anab Abdi Dirshe, who had been trapped in the area since the shooting — said she and other residents have counted at least 46 dead civilians, mostly women.

Some of the dead were recovered from the forest on the side of the road, indicating some passengers tried to escape the shooting, she said.

“My children and I were hiding somewhere near our house because the Ethiopian forces didn’t leave the area quickly, even after the massacre of the civilians on the buses, so we were so afraid that they would see us and shoot us,” said Dirshe, who was packing her belongings and attempting to move her family from the area.

Dirshe said many victims may have lain dying for hours, adding the road was closed until Saturday morning.

“We were hearing screams in the evening, and those screams stopped later,” she said.

The presence of Ethiopian troops trying to help defend the transitional government’s hold on Mogadishu has united Islamic militant groups seeking to gain control of the city.

In 2006, the Islamic Courts Union, a militia group, ousted Somalia’s transitional government from power. But the ICU was deposed in December of that year following Ethiopia’s military invasion.

Since then, insurgent groups have been trying to destabilize the government.

Somalia’s government is trying to maintain control of the capital, with the help of the better-equipped Ethiopian forces.

In a separate attack inside Mogadishu, five people — including a father and a son — were killed after a roadside bomb exploded on a road as Somalian and Ethiopian forces were deployed ahead of a presidential motorcade.

The explosion triggered a barrage of gunfire, resulting in the five deaths.

Somali government spokesman Abdi Hagi Gobdon confirmed that security was deployed to Maka Al Mukarama Road as the country’s president, prime minister and parliament speaker were flying from the city.

  1. amare worku
    | #1

    So what,
    Is this website is somolian or ethiopian!! I am realy confussed what you ethiopians doing this time.

    Thanks,

  2. Medeksaa
    | #2

    –MAJORITY IS WITH OROMOS/MAJORITY , NOT AMARAS/MINORITY–

    Ethiopias national language should be Democratized and majoritysized by changing from Amara minority language (Amharioc) to ethioipas Majority (Afaan oromoffiaa).

  3. | #3

    I hope every Tigryan read all the atrocities that are being committed against the innocent people of the region in the name of “Ethiopian soldiers”! If not don’t forget the term, “what goes aroung comes around”; for all of these atrocities that are being committed the people of Tigry will have an answer for many generations to come. No Meles, Seyoum, or Bereket is going to answer for you!

  4. WEGESHAW
    | #4

    “Amare Worku”
    The subject is not about this wonderful web site, but about the sad fact of a tyranny perpetrating genocide in a failed state called Somalia leave alone Ethiopia. We are sorry to be labeled as failed state and still a brutal regime is attacking a country found even in deeper misery than Ethiopia is now found.
    I hope one day the criminal gang would be drugged to HAGUE, an international court!

    “Mideksaa”
    Your aim seems to divide the Ethiopian people by Ethnicity. NO WAY! Your plans would come to reality! You are definitely one of the beneficiaries of the brutal and blood thirsty tyrants.

    Sorry for the peoples of Ethiopia and Somalia who are suffering under this kind of regime!
    It is a moral obligation of every individual in this world to say “No” to the proxy war in Somalia! We have to say “No” to “International terrorism” as well! We have to refrain from targeting innocent civilians. We can not fight international terrorism by using a known tyrant who terrorizes “his own people” and a once sovereign country called – Somalia

  5. bula
    | #5

    wegeshaw. you are the one who will be in the international court. you & your likes are full of hate with ethiopians. now thanks to walfare you can say what you like but one day when your walfare is cat up we will see you what you will bomit dedeb yederg atela.now go and take your walfare shit. shameles maferia.

  6. WEGESHAW
    | #6

    “bula”
    Cool down and learn some English language! There is no word like “bomit” in English.
    I suppose the word “vomit” was in your mind. It is not your mistake to be dropped out of grade six, that is why you are specialist in intimidation, and full of bad words like: dedeb, yederg atela, shit, maferia etc. which doesn’t bring any civilized way of discussion.
    But don’t worry English is not our mother tang and we have the right to break it into pieces.
    For your information computer technology has advanced so much that you can correct spellings, even grammatical errors automatically. Educate yourself and stop wasting your precious time in “tera sidebs”. This way you chose help in alleviation your knowledge.
    Why are you afraid of the international court anyway?
    What is wrong in wishing international justice to be applied on those who perpetrated genocide? The war in Somalia has taken the lives of thousands of innocent civilians and sadly enough of Ethiopian soldiers too, millions are left to be refugees in their own land and elsewhere. Ethiopians are forced to fight against their will. Look, what I am saying is, it would have been legitimate if Ethiopian soldiers gave their lives while defending the land bordering with Sudan, for which our forefathers waged their blood.

    Have a good day and I still say:

    STOP THE PROXY WAR IN SOMALIA!
    STOP ATROCITIES IN ETHIOPI!
    ETHIOPIA SHAL PREVAIL!

  7. LETTA
    | #7

    MADEKSA,

    OROMOS SOCIALLY AWAKEN FROM LONG SLUMBER AND ASKING FOR THEIR MAJORITY DEMOCRATIC RIGHT, AND AMARAS TRYING TO SILENCE THEM.

    AMARAS NIGHTMARE JUST BEGAN.

  8. Bubasa
    | #8

    WHY AMARAS AFRAID OF OLF

    OLF was created After the amara dominated governments blackmailed and assassinated oromos first president (Tefferi banti)in 1070`s .

  9. WEGESHAW
    | #9

    “LETTA”, “Bubasa”, “Mideksa” is one person who tried his pen name to look from OROMO, but his aim is to create animosity among ethnicity in Ethiopia and that way to help the brutal divisive regime to stay in power. This individual is definitely one of the beneficiaries of the regime.

    No way,

    ONE ETHIOPI TODAY,
    ONE ETHIOPIA TOMOROW,
    ONE ETHIOPIA FOREVER!

  10. HAGOSS
    | #10

    shame on you abugida why you say weyane bandits
    why not ethiopian governement. you ppl are full of hate with tigrayan. and yet you ppl keep telling us united ethiopia kkkkkkshame on you guys there will be no more united ethiopia.
    me my slfe i prifer to die than to be united with ppl like you full of tenkol kifat and of corse hateret. haw can you ask me to be ethiopiawi with ppl like you who dont wont hard worck. but help help every year the same shit. oh my god lets be free and endependent tigray oromo ogaden welayta then we will see
    who will sufer more. coz you ignorant ppl talk too much about tigray like its only dengay bla bla . dont worry even the desert countris like yemen are much better than you talkative ppl. you love to talk but not worck. every fat ass amara wone be pm or president of ethiopia.kkkkk
    get your shit like walfare in the west pls stop telling me haw to divelope a nation. when your slfe are under walfare shit. i hate to be called ethiopiawi with ppl like you hodam hulu.
    go and try to change your on life first then try to talk about poletics other ways hiding in front of the internet wont take you no where. ohh lord help our poor ppl who only knows talk but not worck.

  11. WEGESHAW
    | #11

    HAGOSS,
    The people of Tigray are Ethiopians!
    The problem is Tyrants are taking the people hostage like the rest of Ethiopian people and are trading in name of the Tigray people. After saying that, please don’t use foul words and insults.

    ONE ETHIOPI TODAY,
    ONE ETHIOPIA TOMOROW,
    ONE ETHIOPIA FOREVER!

    Thank you

  12. Surma
    | #12

    Hagos,
    From the message you posted I have understood that you are a low IQ person. First, you just posted insults, not civilized opinions that could help us to solve the problem the country is facing right now. Second, it seems that you have chosen isolation in the twenty-first century. Many nations are coming to unity in this century. You can dream to m

  13. Surma
    | #13

    Hagos,
    From the message you posted I have understood that you are a low IQ person. First, you just posted insults, not civilized opinions that could help us to solve the problem the country is facing right now. Second, it seems that you have chosen isolation in the twenty-first century. Many nations are coming to unity in this century. It is easy to dream but the reality is quite different if you wish Tigray to be independent country. Please be critical in your thinking. Everybody can write insults like what you did. Third, you are talking about welfare, the majority of welfare people are either from Tigray or Eritrea. You have to know that the majority of immigrants in the west are from theses tribes. Fourth, if you don’t want to be called an Ethiopian, you have the option to go somewhere and change your citizenship. After all you are Hagos, i don’t think you have a problem to go abroad.
    I encourage you to improve your English and spellings a little bit before jumping to write comments in English. I understand that English isn’t your mother tongue, but improve your English first. Don’t waste your time writing shits. Everybody can do that …

  14. aha!
    | #14

    Amharic is now, I presume is adopted to become an African language with its own alphabet, derived from Geez. It has been solid Ethiopian language fast growing as medium for communication through out Ethiopia. Education materials are not yet developed effectively to teach in Amharic upto High school level along side English language for college level of training locally or abroad. Therefore, Amharic remains the Official language, under a democrtic system of governemnt. It is second to none, even the widely spoken English language can not replace it, because it is one of our identity as Ethiopians, the other is that we mixed with major races, and among ethnic groups. By virtue of that we are Habesha, not oromo, not amhara, not tgray, never the less Ethiopians with Amharic as our medium of communication. Every ethnic group may have the right to develop its own sub-culture, but to substitute one spoken language for a national language is not not a forward looking idea. We have seen the result of ethnic federalism, where each Killil teach in its own language. This is going off tangent to the discussion pertinent to the above article, because some off carried away with ethniciy, by looking backward than forward into the future that make Ethiopia a great Nation, not a fragmented nation.

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