Ethiopia: Counter-terrorism Taskforce Foils Eritrean-backed Plot to Stage a Terror Attack, Ginbot 7 claims responsibility
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) -Ethiopian authorities said that they foiled a plot by Eritrean mercenaries to stage a terror attack in the country.
The National Intelligence and Security Service and Federal counter-terrorism taskforce announced the armed Eritrea’s mercenaries were caught by Ethiopian security forces in the country’s southern regional state.
The heavy armed mercenaries were captured in a jungle at the southern tip of the country and were conspiring to launch a terrorist attack.
The task force also said that it had the information over the planned attack before the armed mercenaries depart from Eritrea. Accordingly they were captured in a surprise military operation carried out by security forces and captured most of the terrorists with their armaments.
Unspecified number of the armed group who tried to escape were also killed.
The terrorists whose travel documents shows to have been trained and prepared by the Eritrean regime, first travelled to Uganda, and they made their way to Kenya before they arrived at their final destination.
Ginbot 7, the opposition movement supported by the Eritrean regime and proscribed as a terrorist group by the Ethiopian government, immediately took the responsibility.
According to the group’s statement aired on ESAT, its forces had carried out a guerrilla style attack in south Ethiopia and had killed 20 government soldiers.
However, sources close to the inner circle of Ginbot 7 leadership whom Awramba times spoke to doubted the group’s claims saying that the group does not have the capacity and logistics in place to carry out such acts.
Ginbot 7 has previously claimed responsibility for plotting a coup in May 2009 in which it was not directly involved.