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  • Ethiopia's army is trying to rescue 108 women and children abducted in a cross-border raid in the western Gambella region, the government says.

    It blamed Friday's raid, in which 208 people died, on the Murle community from neighbouring South Sudan.
    The government said the army had killed 60 of those who carried out the attack.
    The Murle have previously been accused of carrying out cattle raids and stealing children to raise as their own.
    A mother whose husband was killed and three of her children abducted by the attackers told the BBC that she has no hope of seeing her children again.

    A map showing Gambella province in west Ethiopia
    "I don't know if they were killed during the crossfire," Chol Malual said. "The fighting was intense and if they survived, they will be probably be killed by the Murles."
    Meanwhile, additional medical personnel have been sent from the capital Addis Ababa to help treat dozens of people who were injured during the attack.
    "We have treated 82 patients," a medic in the Gambella region told the BBC, "most suffering from bullet wounds to the chest, abdomen or head.
    "We feel insecure here and would like the government to deploy security guards in the more dangerous areas."
    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said in an address to the nation on Sunday that Ethiopia was seeking permission to cross the border for a joint military operation with South Sudan.

    Mr Hailemariam said neither South Sudan's army nor rebel forces were involved in Friday's attack.
    The prime minister added that "primitive and destructive forces kill people here at various times by moving from place to place".
    The targets of the raid were members of the Nuer ethnic group who live in both South Sudan and Ethiopia, the AFP news agency reports.

    Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36071090

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  • Ethiopia Told to Do Extensive Doping Tests or Face IAAF Ban

    By ELIAS MESERET, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Ethiopian track and field officials say they have been instructed to carry out extensive doping tests by November or face a ban.

    Ethiopia team doctor Ayalew Tilahun says they will attempt to test between 150 and 200 athletes. Results must be provided to the World Anti-Doping Agency and the IAAF.

    Ethiopian Athletics Federation head Alebachew Nigussie says there is no threat of a ban from this year's Olympics.

    IAAF President Sebastian Coe last month identified Ethiopia as one of five countries with an anti-doping program in "critical care."

    Following major doping scandals in Kenya, Ethiopia last month suspended three runners for doping and is investigating at least another three.

    Ayalew says WADA officials will visit Ethiopia on June 3. Coe is also expected to visit around that time.


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  • Nine Ethiopian Runners under Doping Investigation




    The general secretary of Ethiopia’s anti-doping agency has said nine of the country’s runners, five of them “top athletes”, are under investigation for doping. Solomon Meaza told the Associated Press that his agency is investigating the five athletes he described as high-profile after they returned “suspicious” results in doping tests. He says the International Association of Athletics Federations has requested contact details for the other four and the world body is investigating them.
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    Image: Ethiopia’s anti-doping agency is investigating five athletes described as high-profile after they returned “suspicious” results in doping tests. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian.

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