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News Analysis: Two weeks after the killing of government security forces by armed rebels, Amhara special forces deployed to Benishangul Gumuz region to help maintain peace

Amhara Special Forces in Bulen Woreda in Benishangul Gumuz Region. Photo: Bulen Woreda Communication Bureau

By Siyanne Mekonnen @Siyaanne 

Addis Abeba, September 13/2021 – Amhara special forces were deployed to Bulan woreda of the Metekel zone in Benishangul Gumuz regional state. The Bulan woreda communication bureau announced that Amhara Special forces were welcomed at Bulan town. 

According to the statement, the local community expects the Amhara special forces to work in a spirit of patriotism to return sustainable peace to the area and exterminate ‘remnants of the TPLF’. 

Gembir Betish, a resident of Bulan Woreda told Addis Standard that two days after the deployment of Amhara Special Forces, the community is yet to tell the outcomes, adding, “So far so good.” 

Earlier in August, an armed group believed by the regional government to be belonging to the Gumuz community, killed Five militia in Bulan woreda. The woreda has been the scene of recurring violence that caused the death and displacement of hundreds of civilians. 

The regional government and the Metekel Zone Integrated Command Post recently announced the finalization of preparations to take final and decisive measurements against ‘TPLF agents’ operating in Metekel and Kamashi zones. The regional government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  with an unnamed “armed group” in a bid to bring a lasting solution to the security crisis in the region in May 2021. It went on to appoint 25 former members of the unidentified armed group to Two regional, Three zonal and 16 woreda level leadership positions in July. 

In December last year,  the late Abere Adamu, former Commissioner of the Amhara Regional State Police Commission, said that the region’s police was requesting the federal government to “either be given the responsibility or for the federal government to intervene” in Benishangul Gumuz regional state in order to stabilize growing security crisis in Metekel zone of the region and secure the safety and security of civilians. 

In the same month, amid tensions due to claims on the ownership status of the Metekel zone itself, the Amhara regional government and Benishangul Regional government were trading blame as the violence in the Metekel Zone continued to claim the lives of civilians. AS

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