Date: Fri Dec 26 2008 - 10:01:41 EST
Ethiopia: 1,700 Somali males detained in Addis Ababa
Dec 25, 2008 - 3:28:39 PM
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Dec 25 (Garowe Online) - At least 1,700 Somalis have
been detained in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa over the past 48
hours, Radio Garowe reports.
Sources in Addis Ababa said all the detainees were Somali males, some of
whom were pulled out of their homes for questioning by Ethiopian
"The Somali men who were arrested were here [in Addis Ababa] for different
reasons, but mainly as transit" to other parts of the world, said Addis
Ababa resident Mulki Mohamed.
She indicated that the men are being held at seven different locations,
adding: "We do no know the real reason for the arrests."
Addis Ababa has expressed increasing concern of terror attacks inside
Ethiopian cities, with emerging reports indicating that the Somali
detainees were asked questions about any links to Somali insurgent groups.
Ethiopia maintains more than 10,000 troops in southern Somalia, where they
are helping prop up a weak and unpopular interim government.
Source: Garowe Online
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