Nine civilians killed in Oromia state of Ethiopia

Ethiopia's Command Post to probe recent killing of 9 civilians by soldiers

"The wrong information that members of the force received led to the confrontation that killed nine people and injured another 12", ENA said, without specifying when the incident took place.

According to the Command Post Secretariat, an investigation team, which includes senior Ethiopian defense force members, has been sent to the area were Ethiopian soldiers mistakenly killed and injured civilians in the southern part of the East African country.

The Ethiopian News Agency said soldiers were deployed to Moyale town in the Oromia region to pursue Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) fighters who had crossed into Ethiopia from three locations. The group has been outlawed and labelled a terrorist organization by the Ethiopian government.

This emerged as residents of a town in Ethiopia's restive Oromia region yesterday disputed the government's characterisation of a deadly shooting that left nine civilians dead as an accident.

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