16 December 2009

Somalia: Ethiopian Troops Detain More Traditional Elders in Mostahil Town

Somalia — More Ethiopian troops have detained several Somali traditional elders from Hiran region in Mostahil district, the Somali region under the control of Ethiopia, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Wednesday.

Reports from the region say that the Ethiopian troops conducted military operations in the region over the past 24 hours and captured more Somali people including peace makers and traditional elders from Hiran region and detained in parts of the region under Ethiopia.

Witnesses told reporters that the troops jailed all elders into custody in Mostahil district in Ethiopian government.

Reports say that arrested people were continuing efforts to release young Somalis and businessmen who were detained in the region recently after Ethiopian troops accused them that they were part of an attack against Mostahil district commissioner recently.

It is unclear the main reason that the Ethiopian troops jailed the Somali peacemakers and traditional elders and it is not the first time that the Ethiopian troops detain the Somali people in both the colonized and Hiran region in central Somalia.

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