Ethiopia army locates abducted children in South Sudan

Ethiopia’s army has surrounded the area in neighbouring South Sudan where it believes more than 100 abducted Ethiopian children are being held, local.

Local media reports that the children were taken in a cross-border raid in the Gambella region last Friday, in which 208 people died.

The government has said members of the Murle community were responsible.

Flags have been flying at half mast in Ethiopia as the country mourns those who were killed.

A government official in Gambella said that the abducted children would soon be rescued.

Gambella lies on the border with South Sudan and ethnic communities in the two countries have often clashed over land and cattle.

A mother whose husband was killed and three of her children abducted by the attackers earlier said she had no hope of seeing her children again.

Meanwhile, additional medical personnel have been sent from Addis Ababa to help treat dozens of people who were injured during the attack.

“We have treated 82 patients, most suffering from bullet wounds to the chest, abdomen or head.

“We feel insecure here and would like the government to deploy security guards in the more dangerous areas,” a medic in the Gambella region said.

Reports say the targets of the raid were members of the Nuer ethnic group who live in both South Sudan and Ethiopia.

BBC