Ethiopia says Eritrea manipulating rebels

Addis Ababa - Eritrea is using an Ethiopian rebel group as a "surrogate" to deny responsibility for an incident during which five Europeans were killed and two captured last week, Addis Ababa said on Tuesday. Five

Addis Ababa – Eritrea is using an Ethiopian rebel group as a “surrogate” to deny responsibility for an incident during which five Europeans were killed and two captured last week, Addis Ababa said on Tuesday.

Five Europeans trekking on the slopes of the famed Erta Ale volcano were killed and two others captured a week ago in the region’s worst attack on tourists in years, which Ethiopia promptly blamed on arch-foe Eritrea.

But a local Ethiopia-based rebel group – the Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (Arduf ) – said the violence occurred when Ethiopian troops attacked one of their patrols and blamed Addis Ababa for the loss of life.

“This is a new twist to Eritrea’s efforts to deny responsibility for its continued efforts to destabilise Ethiopia and for the killing of the five tourists,” the Ethiopian foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Two Ethiopians were also captured following the attack.

Arduf – a group which claims to have been fighting for the rights of the ethnic Afar people for three decades – said in a statement that the hostages were in good health and could be released through “peaceful negotiation”.

Ethiopia charged Eritrea was using Arduf as a “scapegoat for its efforts to destabilise Ethiopia”.

“It has picked on Arduf as its surrogate for its latest attempt at destabilisation,” the statement added.

In 2007, Arduf insurgents captured five Europeans linked to the British embassy and eight Ethiopians. The Europeans were released after 12 days to the Eritrean government.

Asmara has vehemently denied any involvement in last week’s incident.

– AFP

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19 COMMENTS
  • Almaz January 24, 2012

    The straightforward question is where are the kidnapped tourists? Right at the moment, if they are in Eritrea. The Ethiopians will sooner or later revenge, and it will be the end of HIGI-GIDEF era!
    HIGI-GIDEF BAELU BIZIWLEO HAWI ENTETEFE MEAT ERITREA ENDALU ZIKINTET.

  • Yohannes January 24, 2012

    this is a wake-up call for Ethiopians. Hgdef are very desperate. Who could imagine kidnap their ppl and sale their kidney? Unless you destroy them from the earth, they will create a lot of problem in the future. They are poison! The wold will be better with out HGDEF. You know this better than me.

    • hggum brhan January 24, 2012

      i dont know how can i identify this on the asena w.s agame or eritreans.geee!!!!!!!!

      • Selam January 25, 2012

        Hggum meaning dark bagger selfish. Eritreans are better without you and HGDF mendef.

  • Dr Haile January 24, 2012

    The ERITREAN government can do what ever necessary to destabilise Ethiopia. The government does not even consider the consequences because it will leave Eritrea at any time if it feels threaten by internal or external powers. The main problem of the government is luck of having sensible president. So as long as he stays in power every thing bad is possible. Imagine if isaias had missiles that reach Adis Abeba, imagine if isaias had the muscle to control Africa. He is leaving the country in a terrible mess and we will have a great deal of problems to root out this mess for years to come if and only if ACT now.

    • dandan January 25, 2012

      Pliz dont call yourself a DR.

    • hggum brhan January 25, 2012

      GRM DOKTERNEKA AB GUBAKA TEQLILKA YE ETWO DENKORO

  • SINGAPO-ERITREAN January 24, 2012

    “መልእኽቲ ኣዴታት ኤርትራ ,ናብ መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ, ብፍላይ ድማ ንኤርትራውያን ብረት ተቓለስቲ ም.ደ.ፍ.ኤ….(ምንቅስቓስ ዴሞክራሲን ፍትሕን ኤርትራ), ብንብዓት ደም ዝተጻሕፈት ሰታሪት”

    ኣብቲ ማዕዶ ትኸይድ መኒኻ ?
    ጎይታ ቆረጣ ወያናይ ጥንትኻ
    ብኡ ኣይኮነን መንገዲ ተጋጊኻ
    ንሰሜን ኣብል ንጽበ´ለና ንኣኻ
    ንደቅና ም.ደ.ፍ.ኤ ኣሰንዮም ኢኻ
    ወጻኢ ዘለዉ ሸየንቲ ኤርትራውያን ዝበሉ ይበሉኻ
    ብዘይ ኩርምቶም ክቑርጥሙ ´98 ርኢኻዮም እንዲኻ
    ንስኻ ኣድሕነና ,ከምታ ዝፈረምካያ ባዕልኻ !!!!!!!!!…….continues

  • SINGAPO-ERITREAN January 24, 2012

    PART 2
    ግደፎም የኾምስዑ ሆት ዶግ, ሃምበርገሮም
    ክትዖም ዘይውዳእ ዘወትር ምዕግርጋሮም
    ሓሳረይ ኣንዲዱ ንቓልሲ ክንዲ ዘባራብሮም
    ኣብ ሲናይ ክንዕመጽ ክንዲ ዘቃጽሎም ዘሕርሮም
    ውድበይ ውድብካ ወዲ ዓዲ እከለ ዘይበትከሎም
    ሰላማዊ ሰልፊ´ኳ ዘይወጹ ኩሎም
    መዕበይቶም ዝሃሰይዎም,ሕልና ዘይብሎም
    ተስፋ ኣይብሎምን ምሕረት ጥራይ የውርደሎም !!!!!
    ወያናይ ርህሩህ ,ኣብ ሽዱሽተ ወርሒ ደቅና EMDJ ክንቅበሎም
    እንተዘይኮነስ ካብዚ ግሃነም እዚ ምስ ደቅና ክንሕነቐሎም
    ንህግደፍን ደቂ ወጻእን መሳዕስዒ ሃገር ክገፍሓሎም !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cambo January 25, 2012

    Do you know why Issaias is visiting Qatar? Qatar sent an urgent invitational meeting to Eritrea to pass the European Union message to release the two European hostages in Eritrea by ARDUF (Afar).
    Qatar to Issaias, Issaias to ARDUF, then the prisoners will be released soon either in Asmara or Massawa.
    Isn’t it great to be born white-European in African jails? Who will speak and defend the enslaved Eritreans suffering in the hands of the Arab Beduines and the Arab doctors in Sudan and Egypt? Nobody! It has become shameful to be born Eritrean.
    Shabait wrote: “President Isaias Afwerki held talks on 22 January in Doha City with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Al-Khalifa Al-Thani…”

    • sol January 25, 2012

      This is a clear indication that PIA has ordered the rebels to kidnap the tourists, but death might happen unexpectedly by cross fire between rebels and the Ethiopian soldiers. If those were transferred to Eritrea means the rebels are acting from inside territory and the West knows that all rebels in Eritrea are controlled by Issias security forces.Had the rebels had their own base in Ethiopia they should have kept them inside Eritrea. Issias is using these strategy to show he is still powerful in the region , it should reminded that Qatar also negotiated the release of British navy as a result they say thank u to Qatar.Definitely Ethiopia would not let it go without giving some lesson to the regime whenever appropriate. In addition Meles could use as a good opportunity to punish Issias for only once.

      • Cambo January 25, 2012

        While some nations either sell their citizens to Arab mafias and Bedeuines, or do not care about their enslaved citizens, below is what worthy nations and proud people often do to free even one hostage.

        US military raid in Somalia frees American, Dane

        January 25, 2012

        (AP) MOGADISHU, Somalia – U.S. military forces flew into Somalia in a nighttime helicopter raid Wednesday, freed an American and a Danish hostage, and killed nine pirates in a mission President Barack Obama appeared to reference before his State of the Union speech, officials and a pirate source said.

    • simon_780602@hotmail.com January 26, 2012

      It has become shameful to be born Eritrean? you stupid no wonder the call us niggers

  • Cambo January 25, 2012

    This is funny video clip sent through my Facebook account. The Higdefites will definitely ban wedi Gebya’s political jokes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhz_D5HQwo4&feature=youtube_gdata

  • Funky January 25, 2012

    Americans help their people from the hands of bandits of Alshabab, but Eritreans are sold their kidny and girls to the arab rashaid. What a sham.
    Americans are eagle and helping release their hostage from their captors.

  • Semhar January 26, 2012

    Gaddafi is dead Isayas is next!
    – His boss (Mubarak of Egypt) is thrown out of power.
    – The international community’s talking peace and carrying big stick [sanctions] is having an effect.
    – The Eritrean people are beginning to realize that there is no point in waiting for the regime to reform itself — that it needs to be overthrow.
    This is the moment we must come together to save our land and our people.

    Let freedom ring in Akeleguzay!
    Let freedom ring in Barka!
    Let freedom ring in Denkel!
    Let freedom ring in Hamasien!
    Let freedom ring in Sahil!
    Let freedom ring in Semhar!
    Let freedom ring in Senhit!
    Let freedom ring in Seraye!

    Let freedom ring in ERITREA!

    Let freedom ring allover Eritrea!
    Let’s LIVE FREE OR DIE with dignity.
    Our martyrs did not die to crown the tyrant.
    We must reclaim our flag, our constitution, Highi Indaba, our land (our original provinces), our people,

  • wedi Bashay January 26, 2012

    TPLF Hijacked and took hostages in Adwa during the derg era.
    Melles said “that was a great victory”

    Very funny Woyanes

    • ahmed saleh January 26, 2012

      Eritreans at the time of GEDLI for your information ELF’ FEYDAEINS like what you call
      under cover tegadelti highjacked American millitary personell from inside ASMERA as hostages and it was a big deal to our cause, so what is your point. Do not compare
      that era with our present circumstances,

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