Ethiopian-Govt Attacks Oromo Refugees in Puntland

Reuters and other news organizations have reported that unidentified attackers threw a hand grenade into a crowd of mostly Oromo refugees watching an American adventure movie in a makeshift cinema hall on December 1, 2009 in the town of Bossaso in Puntland – a semi-autonomous region in northeastern Somalia .
The attack has killed at least 3 and wounded at least 24 people, according to the latest report from Somaliweyn website that has reporters on the ground in Puntland.

Hundreds of Oromo refugees live in Puntland after fleeing political persecutions in their homeland, Oromia, in Ethiopia. Since 1992, the TPLF-led current Ethiopian government has waged human rights violations against Oromo at home in Oromia and also in neighboring countries, such as Somalia, Djibouti, Sudan, Kenya and Puntland. Even though thousands of Oromo refugees have been entering Puntland as a safe haven, they have been targets of attacks in recent years even in Puntland.

The largest attack came on February 5, 2008, when a hand grenade, that was thrown at two hotels owned by Oromo businessmen in the town of Bossaso, killed at least 65 and wounded at least 90 people, mostly belonging to the Oromo nation. According to media reports, the 02/05 terrorist attack in Bossaso was orchestrated by a three-member mercenary group organized in Ethiopia by the TPLF government.

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