Ethiopian govt vows action against uniformed men who burnt civilians alive

The Ethiopian government vowed to take action against the perpetrators seen in a horrific video that shows armed men – some in military uniform – burning civilians to death.


The Ethiopian government communication service said the incident recently took place in the west of the country in the Aysid Kebele of Metekel Zone of the Benishangul-Gumuz region.

“A very cruel act that has been circulating on social media has been seen causing innocent citizens to die by fire.

“Whatever their origin or identity, the government will take legal action on those who committed such acts which are far from humanity and cruelty,” said the Ethiopian government in a statement on Saturday, 12 March.

The State said it was working with the region’s security agencies to control the violence “seen in different areas” and prevent the loss of innocent lives.

According to Reuters, the Benishangul-Gumuz region is home to multiple ethnic groups and the violence there is separate from the war in the Tigray region, which broke out in November 2020 between the Ethiopian Federal Forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

In the video, men – armed and unarmed – stand around a fire and toss a conscious man onto it. There are charred remains and it is believed at least two people were burnt alive.

The perpetrators are clothed in the Ethiopian military uniform but there are also uniforms from other regional security forces present.

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