Ethiopia says it detains suspected Islamist militants planning attacks

Published September 22, 2019, 8:03 AM

by Dr. Eduardo Gonzales

By Reuters 

Ethiopia said on Saturday it had arrested an unspecified number of Islamist militant members of the Somali group al Shabaab and Islamic State who were planning to carry out attacks in the country on various targets including hotels.

Some of those arrested were carrying out intelligence work including photographing potential targets, the National Intelligence Security Services (NISS) said in a statement read out on state-affiliated broadcaster Fana.

“The group was … preparing to attack hotels, religious festivities gathering places and public areas in Addis Ababa,” NISS said.

Al Shabaab has been fighting for years to topple Somalia’s central government, which the African Union-mandated peacekeeping force AMISOM helps to defend.

The militants have carried out numerous attacks in Somalia on military and civilian targets, and it has also conducted attacks abroad including in Kenya.

 
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