Calms Returned To Gambella After Hours of Shooting on Thursday
Jan 28, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- This evening calm returned to Gambela, the capital of Gambela region of Western Ethiopia, after hours of shooting in the early morning of Thursday, today.
On Thursdays morning Anyuak Militiamen, armed with guns and bombs, threw a bomb at Nuer students in medical college in Gambella but none of them was hurt.
The college situated in an area populated by the Anyuak ethnic group was immediately closed down for security purpose and the students were evacuated for their safety.
Nyamilepedia Correspondent in the town, speaking to former Minister of Justice in Gambella, Thomas Tut Puok, on the latest development was assured that the situation is calm but still being monitored.
“This is not the first time such an incidence occurred. But the government is in full control of the situation.” Hon Tut said.
According to the latest reports, many unknown people were killed on the Nuer side during the day shooting by the Anyuak militiamen and one of the victim is believe to be a local Minister for Road and Tranport In Gambella.
The early reports suggests that a bus was attacked by Anyuak militiamen on its way to Addis Ababa but that story turned out not to be true but the Federal Police took the control of the major highway around the region.
Gambella region is one of the most fast developing regions in Ethiopia under the Governor Ato Gatluak Tut Koat.
Considering the strategic location of the region for Ethiopia National security, any instability can poster a bigger threats to the economic development of the country.
Gambella is inhabited by five tribes which have been living together peacefully though with a few incidents like these have been recorded in the past.
The largest ethnic group in Gambela is Nuer followed by Anyuak, Oppo, Majenger and Komo.
Amaharic is the national language and most commonly spoken language in the region by all the ethnic groups, and the Nuer Language came second.
Calls to speak to the president of the region were not returned by the time of this report as the president was out of the town for government mission.
This report was compiled by our chief correspondent, Elbow Chuol, who covers reports in Ethiopia and South Sudan. You can submit your reports and press releases to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through email@example.com