Ethiopia attack death toll rises to 208, 108 children missing



    Ethiopia attack death toll rises to 208, 108 children missing

    April 18, Addis Ababa: The death toll from a raid carried out by attackers from South Sudan in western Ethiopia has risen to 208 people. Altogether 108 children were kidnapped Ethiopian official said.

    By Sunday afternoon, the number had risen to "208 dead and 75 people wounded" from a figure of 140 a day earlier, government spokesman Getachew Reda told the Reuters news agency.

    Women and children were among the dead, he said, adding that the assailants had also taken 2,000 head of livestock.

    Getachew said, “Ethiopian Defence Forces are taking measures. They are closing in on the attackers.”

    The attack happened on Friday in the Horn of Africa nation's Gambela region which, alongside a neighbouring province, hosts more than 284,000 South Sudanese refugees who have fled a conflict in that country.

    Getachew earlier told that Ethiopian forces had killed 60 of the attackers and would cross the border into South Sudan to pursue the assailants if necessary, Al Jazeera reported.

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