Ethiopia says former foreign minister killed by army after refusing to surrender
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Ethiopia said on Wednesday that its military had killed three members of the former ruling party in the Tigray region, including former Ethiopian foreign minister Seyoum Mesfin.
The three leaders of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF) were killed and five other party members were captured, after refusing to surrender to the army, the government’s task force for the crisis said on Twitter. in Tigray.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government declared victory in its conflict with the TPLF on November 28 last year after nearly a month of fighting.
Fugitive TPLF leaders had vowed to continue fighting from the mountains of northern Ethiopia, but Reuters has been unable to contact them for weeks.
The military said last week that it captured Sebhat Nega, a founding member of the TPLF.
Over the weekend, he said he killed 15 TPLF members and captured eight more, according to state television.
Seyoum was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia from 1991 to 2010.
Airstrikes and battles since early November in Tigray have reportedly killed thousands of people. Fighting continues in some areas and more than 2 million people need help, the United Nations said this week.
Reuters was unable to verify the statements from both sides as phone and internet connections to the Tigray region are down and access to the area is tightly controlled.
Report from the Nairobi press room, written by Maggie Fick, editing by Timothy Herit