Over 20 useless in anti-Muslim assault in Ethiopia (Islamic group)
ADDIS ABABA – More than 20 folks have been killed in an assault on Muslims within the northern Ethiopian metropolis of Gondar on the funeral of a former Muslim, a neighborhood Islamic group stated on Wednesday.
The Islamic Affairs Council in Amhara, the area the place Gondar is situated, known as Tuesday’s assault on a cemetery a “massacre” by closely armed “Christian extremists”.
The assailants “fired a barrage of heavy machine guns and grenades (…) leaving many dead while others injured were taken to hospital,” the non secular physique stated.
“More than 20 people died as a result of yesterday’s attack which also saw the looting of Muslim properties,” he added.
Gondar Mayor Zewdu Malede instructed Ethiopian state broadcaster EBC that “the incident was perpetrated by a few extremist individuals”.
“There was destruction and loss of life on all sides,” he stated, with out giving additional particulars on the id of the attackers or the victims.
“The situation was (brought back) under control at 7:00 p.m..”
The cemetery the place the assault occurred is adjoining to a mosque and a church and is the topic of an ongoing battle between Muslims and Orthodox Christians, who’re the dominant group in Ethiopia.
“Although far-reaching measures have been taken to overrun the… cemetery, the place has always historically been a Muslim cemetery,” the Islamic Affairs Council stated in its assertion.
Tuesday’s violence erupted as folks clashed over utilizing stones from the world for burial functions, arguing over whether or not the supplies have been faraway from the cemetery or the church grounds, stated the Amhara regional authorities in a press release.
The authorities described the deceased Muslim elder as “a father to the people of Gondar City, Gondar Christians and Muslims as well as a father to all” and pledged to research the assault and to carry the authors accountable.
– ‘Breaking folks’s unity –
“An effort has been made to break the unity of the people in the historic city of Gondar, a symbol of coexistence and tolerance, by aiming to create conflict using religion as a guide,” the federal government stated.
A senior Muslim official within the capital Addis Ababa instructed AFP on situation of anonymity that “the attack was planned” and stated the gunmen set hearth to the mosque and the Koran.
The city’s mayor stated the attackers have been extremists who had sought “to set fire to, destroy, destabilize and loot Gondar”.
“It in no way represents the Muslim and Christian communities,” he added.
Muslims make up round a 3rd of Ethiopia’s inhabitants of 110 million and are a small minority in Amhara, the nation’s second most populous area, dominated by Orthodox Christians.
In 2019, a number of mosques have been attacked within the city of Mota in Amhara, greater than 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Addis Ababa, in a wave of spiritual violence that drew condemnation from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Analysts warn that conflicts that look like rooted in faith in Ethiopia are sometimes additionally formed by disputes over land use, ethnicity and different points.