PM Hailemariam Desalegn Addresses the Nation

In a televised statement on Sunday evening, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn denounced the violence and expressed “profound sorrow to the victim’s families, relatives, and the Ethiopian people.” He characterized the killings in Gadulo as “acts of mass murder committed against Ethiopian Somali natives who were sheltered at a nearby police station for their safety.”

At least 60 ethnic Somalis were killed in Gadulo kebele, Daru Labu woreda, West Haraghe zone, Oromia, last Friday, according to the spokesperson of Ethio-Somali region speaking to BBC Somali language service.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn also announced that a task force has been set up to investigate the incident and promised to share the outcome when completed, adding the culprits would face justice.

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