The army of Ethiopia announced that he had killed four responsible for the Front for the Liberation of the Peoples of Tigré (TPLF), the dissident region of the north of the country, where the central Executive sent troops in November, reported this Friday the radio television Fana BC, related to the government.
Ethiopian soldiers also captured 10 other members of that party, which ran the Tigré region before being overthrown by Addis Ababa, General Tesfye Ayalew said Thursday night.
A TPLF spokesman, Sekoture Getachew, and the former head of the party’s financial office, Daniel Assefa, were killed in the operation, the military said. The former head of the Ethiopian Media Authority (EBA), Zeray Asgedom, also died.
Among those arrested is one of the founding members of the TPLF, Sebhat Nega, who is in his 80s. Nega had retired from political life but was still influential in the party.
The head of the TPLF, Debretsion Gebremichael, and the main leaders of the formation have been on the run since late November, when the regional capital of Tigré, Mekele, fell. In mid-December, the Ethiopian army announced a reward of some 200,000 euros for any useful information to find the escaped leaders.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched this military operation against Tigré on November 4, after several months of tension between the central government and the TPLF.
That formation was in charge of the country for almost 30 years, but was progressively marginalized by Abiy since he came to power in 2018.
Following his offensive, Abiy, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, established a new government in Tigré and at the end of November declared that his offensive was officially over.
Since then, access to the region to the United Nations, humanitarian organizations and journalists has been severely restricted.
At the moment, no precise account of the conflict has been released, but the intervention forced more than 50,000 people to take refuge in neighboring Sudan, and more than 63,000 inhabitants of Tigré had to move to other areas of the region, according to the UN.