Addis Ababa – At least 12 people have been killed in western Ethiopia state of Benishangul-Gumuz in the second round of violence in less than a week, said authorities.
State spokesperson, Melese Beyene, said the violence was a “conflict among individuals” and that arrests were made.
But according to a senior official from the opposition National Movement of the Amhara, Desalegn Chane, the violence was a continuation of ethnic-related attacks against minorities.
He said the number of fatalities could be as high as 18.
Last week officials from the region said 14 civilians were killed during attacks. Fourteen other who were alleged perpetrators of the attacks were also killed.
The region has witnessed a surge in violence in the past few months with ethnic Amhara and Agew minorities being targeted.