##NOT_US At least 54 ethnic Amharas, mostly Christian women, children and elderly, reported massacred at school in Ethiopia

##US At Least 54 Ethnic Amharas, Mostly Christian Women, Children and Elderly, Reported Massacred at School in Ethiopia

Survivors of a massacre at a school in the western Oromia region of Ethiopia reported that at least 54 ethnic Amhara, most of whom are thought to have been Christians, died, according to a body count made after gunmen opened fire on a gathering of about 200.

Around 60 armed terrorists, identifying themselves as the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), swept into Gawa Quanqa village, Guliso District at around 5 p.m. on 1 November.

##NOT_US In the latest attack targeting ethnic Amhara, who are mainly Christian, some survivors were able to flee to a nearby forest while the assailants rounded up women, children and elderly who were unable to run away, before shooting at the defenceless group.

##US In the latest attack targeting ethnic Amhara, who are mainly Christian, some survivors were able to flee to a nearby forest, while the assailants rounded up women, children and elderly who were unable to run away, before shooting at the defenseless group.

“This senseless attack is the latest in a series of killings in the country in which members of ethnic minorities have been deliberately targeted,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s regional director for East and Southern Africa.

One victim found the bullet-riddled bodies of his brother, sister-in-law and three children in the school compound.

##NOT_US Witnesses said that the attackers dragged some victims from their homes to the school and reported that a school building and 120 houses were burnt down.

##US Witnesses said that the attackers dragged some victims from their homes to the school, and reported that a school building and 120 houses were burned down.

##NOT_US The gunmen arrived, announcing that they “controlled the area” near the South Sudanese border, just hours after federal troops “withdrew unexpectedly”, according to witnesses.

##US The gunmen arrived, announcing that they “controlled the area” near the South Sudanese border, just hours after federal troops “withdrew unexpectedly,” according to witnesses.

##NOT_US In a Facebook post, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said, “This is heartbreaking”, and denounced the killings as “barbaric attacks based on identity”.

##US In a Facebook post, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said, “This is heartbreaking,” and denounced the killings as “barbaric attacks based on identity.”

##NOT_US The official government death toll was cited as 32. However, The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which described the assault as “unconscionable”, said preliminary evidence suggested that the number is “very likely” to rise.

##US The official government death toll was cited as 32. However, The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which described the assault as “unconscionable,” said preliminary evidence suggested that the number is “very likely” to rise.

Around 200 families have also now fled the area, according to regional police.

##NOT_US This is the latest deadly assault in a spate of massacres in the past month in Ethiopia, which have left several dozen dead, apparently targeting the Amhara, a mainly Christian ethnic group.

##US This is the latest deadly assault in a spate of massacres in the past month in Ethiopia, which have left several dozen dead, apparently targeting the mainly Christian Amhara ethnic group.


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