Three Sudanese kidnapped by Ethiopian Militia

Three Sudanese kidnapped by Ethiopian militia

Ethiopian militiamen (RD File photos)

(dabangasudan)–On Friday, angry protestors in El Gedaref blocked the main border between Sudan and Ethiopia at El Galabat in protest against the kidnapping of three Sudanese by Ethiopian militiamen (shifta*).

The Ethiopian militia kidnapped three residents of East El Galabat on Monday. The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of SDG 800,000 ($17,780**) for their release.

The Ethiopian militia has been regularly committing human rights violations such as kidnapping and assaulting civilians along the border between Sudan and Ethiopia.

As reported by Radio Dabanga last week, Ethiopian bandits killed Ahmed Jaafar at Barka Nurein village of El Gureisha locality in El Gedaref.

A listener told Radio Dabanga that the Sudanese-Ethiopian border is witnessing continuous tensions between Ethiopian shifta and Sudanese herders against the backdrop of cattle rustling. He called on the government to deter “these Ethiopian outlaws”.

On Wednesday, the relatives of the four young Sudanese men held in El Matamma in Ethiopia filed a complaint to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanding their release. Kawsar El Sajan, a relative of the detainees, told Radio Dabanga that the Ethiopian authorities detained the four youths a month and a half ago, for allegedly crossing the border into Ethiopia illegally.

Ethiopia Seizes 12,032 Illegal Bullets, Guns

Including Turkish pistols, the customs officers in Bahir Dar, city of Amhara region of Ethiopia have seized 12,032 illegal bullets and guns this week.
Of the total seized bullets 9810 are bullets of Turkish pistol with two pistols, while 200 are Kalashnikov bullets, according to the statement obtained from the Ethiopian Ministry of Revenue, which is in charge of Ethiopian Customs Commission.

The weapons were captured being transported in a truck destined to Addis Ababa departing from Metema town of Amhara region. The truck was hiding the bullets within other consumer goods imported from Sudan. The truck was captured at Seraba customs post after departing from Metema.

One suspect is arrested for trafficking of the illegal weapons, according to the statement, which urged the public to bring to light such illegal weapon traffickers.

In recent years reports of illegal arms trafficking has been common in Ethiopia, which recently led the government to introduce a new weapon’s circulation and handling law.