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Hundreds Of OLF Militants Arrested 

Source: Fana Broadcasting Corp

January 17 2019


Ethiopian security forces have arrested 835 armed members of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), reports the state Fana Broadcasting Corp.

The fighters were arrested in western Oromia, near the border with Benishangul Gumuz state, the military command responsible for preventing conflict between western Benishangul Gumuz and Oromia states said on Wednesday.

The raid focused on OLF members believed to be behind a spate of crimes in western Oromia. 

The OLF members were detained on charges of disturbing the peace, said the command. 

The militants are also suspected of robbing local banks over the last several weeks, reported Africa News. 

Police recovered four Bern machine guns, 61 Kalashnikov automatic rifles, 105 other rifles, eight pistols, nine trucks, two ambulances, five minibuses and 26 motorbikes, along with communications equipment and ammunition. 

Public and private institutions have resumed services that were cut due to security concerns, the military said.

The OLF says it fights for the rights of the Oromo people, who represent more than a third of Ethiopia's population.

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