Ethiopian security officers abduct two Kenyans

Ethiopian security officers on Saturday abducted two Kenyan civilians and also stole two firearms from police reservists in Bori Village in Moyale in northern Kenya, Marsabit County Commissioner Moffat Kanga said.


He said security agencies were investigating the incident with an intention of seeking audience with authorities in Ethiopia.


“We don’t know why they did it but we know there is a problem between the Oromo people and the Ethiopian government. We hope they will return the guns and release those abducted,” he said via the phone.

He added there had been no provocation to warrant the attack at the village.

In November last year, at Sololo, three police officers were killed by Ethiopian soldiers. This forced Kenya to deploy Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers and police officers along the border.

In May 2015, a group of about 50 Ethiopian security forces armed with AK47 rifles crossed the border and stopped at the Illeret Police Station in North Horr, which is about 16 km in Kenya.

According to initial police reports, the group disembarked and took strategic positions around the police station.

They later inspected the area and took photos of the area and talked to the Officer Commanding Station before leaving. They also stared at a lake that is down hills of the police station saying it was a good scenery before leaving.

They told police at the station they had not informed Kenya of the invasion. The concern came because the incident happened few days after Kenyan and Ethiopian surveyors concluded surveying and demarcating the border.

The border line is poorly manned. For instance, the station has nine police officers and there would have been little they could do if they wanted to. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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