Ethiopia rebels free Chinese oil workers

April 29th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

ADDIS ABABA, April 29 (Reuters) – Ethiopian rebels have released seven Chinese workers seized in a deadly raid on an oilfield, the guerrillas and a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday. (more…)

ADDIS ABABA, April 29 (Reuters) – Ethiopian rebels have released seven Chinese workers seized in a deadly raid on an oilfield, the guerrillas and a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday.

Gunmen killed 65 Ethiopians and nine other Chinese in Tuesday’s pre-dawn assault on the oil exploration field in Ethiopia’s barren eastern Ogaden region — one of the worst attacks to date on Beijing’s growing interests in Africa. “We handed them over to the ICRC,” Adurahmin Mohammed Mahdi, a London-based spokesman for the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels told Reuters by telephone. “They are all very healthy. They are uninjured and very happy.”

An ICRC spokesman in Addis Ababa confirmed the news, and said the freed men were on their way to the regional capital.

“I can confirm that they have been released. They are on their way to Jijiga,” the spokesman told reporters. “I don’t know if they have got there yet. They are all civilians.”
The ONLF have repeatedly warned investors they will not allow oil and gas exploration in Ogaden as long as local people were “denied their rights to self-determination”.

The Chinese staff worked for Zhongyuan Petroleum Exploration Bureau, part of the much larger Sinopec, China’s biggest refiner and petrochemicals producer.

  1. samal
    | #1

    Good job ONLF !!!we ethiopain love u . keep up ur effort to bring peace and democracy for your people .

  2. j.p.h
    | #2

    Meles and Bereket Simeon stated to the press as folows: “This is a cold blooded murder!”
    “how dare some one kills people who were in their bed,while sleeping?!”
    They mean their “Agazi” never killed at night, but during day light! They mean that “Agazi” never killed only 74 but in hundreds of thousands, they mean that they never gave order to their “Agazi army” to kill people who are in their deep sleep; instead they gave orders to awake people in the darke and only then “massacre them with passion”.
    And how nice to see that people like Meles and Bereket Simon, understood the meaning of “Cold blooded murder”??! They have used this language for the first time! But up to now the world was using the expression “cold blooded murderers” against them. People tell me what is going on with the brutal tyranny? What about the massacre in Ethiopia and now in Somalia?
    Meles and Bereket are telling us that they never massacre people by disturbing their sleep, and so their method of passionate slaughtering of people is legitimate and hence should be forgotten and forgiven!
    Is that joke of the century?

    P/S My deepest sorrow and condolences goes to the families of innocent victims of theincident
    be it Ethiopians or the Chinese citizens

  3. sholla
    | #3


    Is’t it funny ka ka ka ka….

  4. sholla
    | #4

    J.P.s I am still laughing kkkkkkkkkkkk
    Did they realy said what a joke kkkkkkkkkkkk
    pls bring us more of those morons joke.

    TKU j.p.s

  5. Amanu
    | #5

    Woyanes are asking as to condemn ONLF a memebr of ADF who has been asking for negotaion settlement for their problem and now who are talking to them with the language they know, Gun.

    I am also wondering if woyanes are asking us to codemn their killing of AAU students, and residents of Addis ababa, Awassa, debrebrehan, Amobo, Jimma, Woelga, Gambelaa, Harar,and Dessie or for their murder of Assefa Maru, Shibre and for the thousend others who are mothers, fathers, and childrens of every family in Ethiopia?

    I am also wondeing if they are asking as for the thousends they infected with Aids or for others thosuends of students whom they beat with sticks and left them to be handicapped,

    I am also wondering if they asking us what we think about their distructions of all institutions in Ethiopia…Do these people really have comonsense or they are always as arrogant and self-centered.

  6. Amanu
    | #6

    woyanes are asking as to codemn ONLF for killing…I wonder if they also asking as what we think about Agazis killing in Awassa, Gambela, Ormo regions, semen shoa, addis ababa , university, Gonder, for Assefa Maru, Shebere for the mothers and children they cold bloodly murdered???????????

  7. Tariku
    | #7

    By the way,

    what is the official stand of the editor or publisher of this website about this situation??

  8. j.p.h
    | #8

    kkk”¦ is not an answer, where is the dough?
    What I stated above is not moronic joke for the families who have lost their beloved ones!
    You are drunk by the blood money you have been drinking. Your’s and tyrannie’s time is up.
    Etiopia shall prevail

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