[dehai-news] (AFP) Ethiopia warns of 'imminent' terror attack


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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Mon Nov 03 2008 - 12:52:23 EST


Ethiopia warns of 'imminent' terror attack
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
 
ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Ethiopia on Tuesday warned of an "imminent"
terrorist attack and urged its citizens to be vigilant but did not
elaborate on the nature of the risk.
 
"There is proven evidence that a plot to undertake a terrorist attack in
Ethiopia exists at this very moment," the National Anti-terrorism
Taskforce warned in a statement received by AFP here.
 
"We urge the public to remain vigilant and cooperate with security
officials in foiling this imminent attack," it added.
 
A series of bomb blasts have rocked the Ethiopian capital this year with
authorities blaming neighbouring Eritrea, along with secessionist groups
such as the Ogaden National Liberation Front and the Oromo Liberation
Front.
 
In September, a bomb explosion inside a bar in Addis Ababa killed four
people and injured 24 others, and in May, a bomb went off on a minibus
near the foreign ministry, killing six people, including a US national.
 
Three people were also killed and 18 wounded in bomb blasts that
simultaneously ripped through petrol stations in the capital earlier
this year.
 
Relations between Asmara and Addis Ababa have been frosty since they
fought a devastating 1998-2000 border war that claimed tens of thousands
of lives on both sides. The dispute is yet to be resolved.
 
The purported terrorist threat came as Ethiopia's main opposition party
expressed concern over shrinking political freedom following the arrest
of another opposition party's leader.
 

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