Ethiopia Declares Two-day National Mourning For Gambela Victims


Death toll rises to 208 people from cross-border cattle raid carried out by South-Sudan attackers in Western Ethiopia of Gambela, with 108 children kidnapped.

Government’s spokesman, Getachew Reda told the Reuters News Agency that by Sunday afternoon, the number had risen to “208 dead and 75 people wounded” from a figure of 140 a day earlier. He said, women and children were among the dead and he also added that the assailants had also taken 2,000 head of livestock.

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Ethiopia has declares two days national mourning for 208 people killed in cross-border cattle raid and gives no new information on fate of 100 kidnapped children.

Parliament said in a statement carried by state media that from today, flags would be flown at half-mast across the country and in its foreign missions.  Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn said that his government was working with the government in South Sudan to hunt down the attackers.

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