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Mass graves with 200 human remains are found, police say


Somalia's new president, Mustafa Mohammed Omar, confirmed that there are "several" mass graves in the region

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Ethiopian police say it revealed mass graves in Somalia's regional state bordering the Oromo regional state. It was during a court hearing by Ethiopia-Somalia's former President, Abdi Illey, yesterday that the police revealed it, according to a report by Fana Broadcasting Corporation.

Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) quoted the new president of Somalia's regional state, Mustafa Mohammed Omar, who said that "several mass graves" were investigated, thus confirming the mass grave.

The police asked 14 days to complete the investigation of the region's former president and four other people because it claims that it identifies witnesses who can testify that the mass killing occurred. The requested time is also intended for the police to carry out forensic investigation on the remains.

Likewise, the police said that collecting evidence from 37 people from the region who has become a victim and the court has granted the requested time.

The massacre is believed to have been carried out by the regional special force known as the Leyu police. In addition, Heego, radicalized ethnic Somali youth groups organized and funded the regional administration reported to participate in the massacre of civilians.

Weeks before the arrest of Abdi Illey and some of his colleges after the regional parliament abolished the immunity of some members of the regional cabinet and Abdi himself, the region's police conducted ethnic based killings directed against ethnic Amhara and ethnic Oromo that led to the deaths of dozens of people in Jijiga and other cities in the region. More than seven churches were burned and thousands of people were displaced.

The region has been a conflict zone and uncertain for over a week. In September 2017, more than half a million people were transferred to oromo regional officials, following ethnic excitement due to which authorities call "cross-border" between Somali and Oromo regional states.

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