Eritrea rebels say they killed 12 government troops

By Aaron Maasho NAIROBI (Reuters) - Two little known Eritrean rebel groups said on Friday they had killed 12 government soldiers in an early morning attack. The Red Sea Afar Democratic Organisation (RSADO) and the Eritrean National

By Aaron Maasho

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Two little known Eritrean rebel groups said on Friday they had killed 12 government soldiers in an early morning attack.

The Red Sea Afar Democratic Organisation (RSADO) and the Eritrean National Salvation Front said they carried out the raid on Thursday in Kermed, Adi Metras, Ingra Abo, Adi Tela’a and Meshal Akran, all in southern Eritrea.

“The enemy units were engaged for nearly two hours,” the groups claimed in a statement.

“They suffered both human casualties and material losses that included 12 dead and more than 15 wounded, in addition to various types of military hardware.”

The claims were the first since last year when RSADO said it killed 17 intelligence agents and wounded another 37 in an attack on army barracks.

There was no immediate comment from the Eritrean government but authorities in Asmara often dismiss foreign-based opponents as “puppets” acting under the orders of foreign governments.

Eritrea accuses arch-foe Ethiopia of working to destabilise the Red Sea state, while Addis Ababa declared openly in April that it would support Eritrean rebels in a bid to oust President Isaias Afewerki’s administration.

RSADO says its operations are in response to Asmara’s refusal to grant autonomy to the Afar, whose homeland straddles Eritrea, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

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72 COMMENTS
  • haben October 24, 2011

    who are you people to talk the case of eritreans. we do not konw you no body fror eritrean people recognaze youwho give a right ,to tolk about isssayas wether you like or not he is an eritrean hero. by number you people with weyane agame meles only 30 people beside eritreans we are no weasting time with our precident bulding our country.olso no body rememer you guys do not dream more than one so it is beter take your id from etiopia,

  • tegadalay October 24, 2011

    this is apropoganda by the opposition party to get boost from their supporters that is going down like asinking boat so they try to pick up the morrale of their supporters thinking that they have some organization fighting for them desprate because they dont get the promise they get from their MASTER wayanr REGIME CHANGE so they have to come up with this propoganda

  • no name October 24, 2011

    If it is true, it is a shameful attempt. You and your supporters are playing with fire. Think seven times before doing any thing.

  • tegadalay October 24, 2011

    hi assena stop talking something wishfull thinking like isayed before trying to give boost for the opposition you report propoganda before let me remain you 1ST LAST YEAR 19 eritrean air force employe diffected to acountry you say you dont want give the name 2nd this is the funney one in 2009 WHEN THE UN sayes considering to put eritrea in arms embargo sunction for the eritrea IS HELIPING ALSHEBAB then when the UN says it is expanding it for 6 month you report in your website thinking that the UN mey belive you THE REOPORT SAYAS ABOAT BELONG TO ERITREA carrying wepone from IRAN is kidnap by anknowen gun men heading to ALSHEBAB IHOPE YOU REMEBER THIS

  • HGDF October 24, 2011

    Funny drama from funny people
    I have read the original press statement in tigrigna at togoruba.org which was posted 20/10/2011. It says the operation was carried out on the 21st of october 2011. But it was reported on the 20th of october 2011.You can see the original document at togoruba.org. They haven’t changed the date yet. Does that mean they predicted how many soldiers they will kill in advance.

  • COMEBESHTATO October 26, 2011

    haben u r an ass .u got to think two wise before u say somthing.this gay is agame . dont stand for him .he is no body.whter u like it or not he is going to be a second gadafi.watch and lern .

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