Bulk graves with 200 human remains are uncovered, police say

The new President of Somalia, Mustafa Mohammed Omar, confirmed that there are "several" mass graves in the region

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November 9, 2018

Ethiopian police say she has uncovered a mass grave in the Somali regional state adjacent to Oromo. During a hearing by former President of Ethiopia – Somalia Abdi Illey yesterday, the police released a report by Fana Broadcasting Corporation.

Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) said the new president of the Somali regional state, Mustafa Mohammed Omar, said that "several mass graves" were being investigated, confirming mass graves.

The police have asked for 14 days to complete the investigation of the former president and four other people because they claim to identify witnesses who could testify that mass killing has occurred. The time required is also for the police to carry out forensic investigation of the remains.

The police also said they were collecting evidence from 37 people in the region who had been victims and the court provided the required time.

Mass killing is believed to have been carried out by the special force of a region known as the Leyu Police. Also, Heego, a radical ethnic Somali youth group that organized and funded regional administration, reportedly participated in the civilian massacre.

A week before the arrest of Abdi Illey and some of his colleges after the regional parliament abolished the immunity of some regional cabinet members and Abdi himself, the police area carried out ethnic killings targeting the ethnic Amhar and ethnic Oromo, which led to the deaths of dozens of people in Jijiga and other cities in region. More than seven churches were burned, and thousands of people were expelled.

This region was a conflict zone and was not safe for more than a week. In September 2017, according to regional Oromo officials, more than half a million people were displaced after ethnic tensions because of what the authorities call a "border dispute" between Somali and Oromo regional states.

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