Kidnapped Germans in Eritrea after attack: Ethiopia

Addis Ababa said Friday that two Germans kidnapped during a deadly attack by unidentified gunmen on a group of tourists in northern Ethiopia had been taken to neighbouring Ethiopia. Germany said it was still investigating the

Addis Ababa said Friday that two Germans kidnapped during a deadly attack by unidentified gunmen on a group of tourists in northern Ethiopia had been taken to neighbouring Ethiopia.

Germany said it was still investigating the pair’s whereabouts.

“There is news that they are in Eritrea by now,” foreign ministry spokesman Dina Mufti told AFP.

The Germans are believed to have been abducted when gunmen attacked a group of tourists in Ethiopia’s remote Afar region earlier this week. Five people were killed in the attack: two Germans, two Hungarians and one Austrian.

The German foreign ministry said three members of Germany’s Federal Crime Agency were dispatched to Ethiopia to assist search efforts.

“The Federal Crime Agency (has) sent staff to Ethiopia in order to support the Embassy,” a spokeswoman for Germany’s foreign ministry told AFP from Berlin.

“They are trying to investigate where the two missing Germans could be.”

Six other Germans were among twelve survivors, some of them wounded, who were flown back to Addis Ababa on Wednesday. A Belgian citizen with gunshot wounds remains in hospital in Mekele in northern Ethiopia.

The five bodies have been flown to the capital.

The attack took place near the famed Erte Ale volcano in Ethiopia’s sparsely populated Danakil desert, close to the tense Ethiopia-Eritrea border. The area, which boasts spectacular moon-like landscapes and is famed to be the hottest place on earth, is popular among travellers.

No group has claimed responsibility for the killings, but Ethiopia blamed arch-foe Eritrea for carrying out the attack. Eritrea vehemently denied being behind the incident, calling Ethiopia’s claim “ludicrous” and a “smear campaign.”

The two Horn of Africa countries fought a bloody border war from 1998 to 2000 which killed 70,000 people. The border remains contested, with Ethiopian troops occupying land that international courts say belongs to Eritrea.

Source: Expatica.com

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  • michael January 20, 2012

    It is very sad to hear such news. But it is more terrible when u see people use such news(kidnapped german in eritrea) for their own agendas;

  • Cambo January 20, 2012

    This news is everywhere in our Eritrean and Ethiopian websites but why were the more than forty Eritreans in the Senafe bombed bus ignored?
    Both nations arm and train rebels against each other. Both of them like to play with fire and they will die by fire.
    Four moths ago a bus exploded around Senafe that took the lives of more than forty poor Eritreans, i.e. the work of an Ethiopian bomb planted by the rebels based in Ethiopia.
    This week it is Ethiopia’s turn to play victim.
    The more than forty Senafe victims were ignored in the news because they were “Africans” but when ONLY five whites die, it is all over the news.
    Just look the bias, assenna is posting the death of ONLY five white tourists every day but the more than forty dead from Senafe were ignored. You guys worry about five whites than fifty Africans. Get a life and respect yourselves.
    Yes, even one death is too many but when will you respect yourselves?

    • hggum brhan January 21, 2012

      WHAT DO THIK ASENA MEANS HAZENNA SO WHAT ARE THEY DOING?HELPPING ETHIOPIAN(WEYANE)AND GET SOME BIRR MAN.!!!!!!!

      • Semhar January 22, 2012

        Thank you!
        The Eritrean National Conference for Democratic Change for opposing the tyrant dictator in Eritrea!

        Eritrea is made, what remains is making Eritreans.

        All we need is to unite our people and fight our #1 enemy the tyrant dictator and his followers the PFDJ. We must destroy them just like the Libyans did to his baddy Gadaffi.
        SHAME ON Us! To let one mercenary destroy our land, our people and our culture.
        Shame ON Us! To let one mercenary dissolve our heroic national liberation fronts ELF 1982, EPLF 1993.
        SHAME ON Us! To let one mercenary turn us against one another and against all our neighbors (Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Yemen and now Kenya).
        SHAME ON Us! To let the dictator kill our heroes, our disable veterans, jail our parents and our religion leaders and members.
        This tyrant dictator must go!
        We must apply Libyan style!
        This is the moment we must come together to save our land and our people.
        Let freedom ring in Eritrea!
        Let freedom ring in Ethiopia!
        Let freedom ring in Sudan!
        Let freedom ring in Somalia!
        Let freedom ring in Kenya!
        Let freedom all over the world.

        • hggum brhan January 22, 2012

          YOU ARE THE FIRST ONE TO GO.KEDAMME

  • Cambo January 20, 2012

    Thanks to our bunkrupted Sewra or Ghedli, as the great and independent Yosief G. Hiwet, (yg) calls, the Eritrean person is the cheapest person in this planet. Because of Higdef and our Sewra, Eritreans are now being snatched from their farms in Omahajer, Gulj, Ali Gider … by the bejas, Tekurirs, the gujmanjujs … in the border to be sold as slaves to the Arab Rashaidas.
    Eritrean person is so cheap the Arab mafia are selling the enslaved Eritrean as camels and goats to every Arab household as maids, farm hands, sex slaves, … after all these the Arab doctors butcher the poor Eritrean for its kidneys, cornea, heart, liver … like a goat.
    You dare to tell me there is still a concept called Eritrea that can not cry or defend these poor enslaved souls?
    The Higdef regime is a coward to face the Arab Rashaidas so are the worthless slaves in Hawasa. All the same cowards who can not cry their concerns.
    Mengie must be lauging hard by his all remainng “gwahmam” teeth hearing about Eritreans being sold to slavery as Abeed, out all people by Arab Rashaidas.
    What a shame!
    To learn about respect, read the news how whites are reacting to the death of only five people while you are being raped and skinned alive by arab Rashadas.
    I only speak my mind, not for the slaves of Higdef or Hawasa

    • hggum brhan January 21, 2012

      I’AM NOT HAPY FOR THOSE VICTEMES BUT YOU MENTION RESHIDDA BUT WHO ASK THEM TO THIS VERY VERY BAD TO HAPPEN?YUO JUST TRY TO DEVAID WHO RASHAIDDANS ARE YOU TOLKING ABAUT?ERITREAN,SUDUNIS,OR EGEPTIAN RESHIDDA.

      • Semhar January 22, 2012

        Eritrea is made, what remains is making Eritreans.

        All we need is to unite our people and fight our #1 enemy the tyrant dictator and his followers the PFDJ. We must destroy them just like the Libyans did to his baddy Gadaffi.

  • SINGAPO-ERITREAN January 20, 2012

    Fellow citzens & friends of Eritrean people ,

    While war has unintended consequences & violent death is the ultimate hope-killer, If war happens to breakdown,between Eritrea & Ethiopia, I have urged my relatives, in the Eritrean front line,(through their parents , uncles & aunties) to use this opportunity to peacefully “surrender ” to the Ethiopian army ,that will treat you with super humanity. Ones you are in Ethiopia ,our relatives in diaspora have promised me to co operate ,Financially,morally & even sponsor you here. Enough relatives have been martyred /killed during the 30 yr. banditry. Have a peaceful “SURRENDER”.You would rather die for a kilo of tomato ,than for terrorism.
    LOVE – Your Uncle (name withheld)

    • hggum brhan January 21, 2012

      YOUR HOPE IS TO START WAR BETWEN ERITREA AND ETHIOPIA.BUT THINK YOU AGAME ERITREA NOW ALL OVER 18 YEARS OLD IN MLITARY SO WHAW MANY SOLGERS IT HAVE?AND AGAME DONKIS MONKIYS WAS ONE TO TEN ETHIOPIAS.THIS TIME WEYANE TO STATRT WAR AGANST ERITREA MEANS PLEY WITH FIRE.IT IS VERY VERY DANGEROS FOR WEYANE THIS TIME.THE END OF POWE OF ETHIOPIA AND THE DREEEEM OF ABAY TGRAY. QONDAFF AGAME SAHSAH

      • SINGAPO-ERITREAN January 21, 2012

        Dear Hugum ,
        Thanks for the compliment “AGAME ” ,it is like calling someone succesful ,peaceful ,far sighted. I do not wish war to breakdown….. ,maybe ,as English is our second language ……, I will not hold it against you. What I did was, for my families not to die for vain. You can send your family to the front line , and achieve the ” VICTORY” that was led by “MEKHALIF STRATEGY ” in 1999-2000 . I THINK THIS TIME WE WILL DEFEAT THE AGAMES OF TIGRAY ,BY RETREATING 125 K.M towards our Eritrea INSTEAD OF 25 K.M LIKE BEFORE , HAVE A SEXY WINNING.

        Your fellow citzen Eritrean Agame

        • hggum brhan January 22, 2012

          SINGAPO………WELL u r rght english is my second langueg but i’m afective to make some one like you anderstand what i mean.i know we r in the same level but that is ok with me.let me back to your coment…u said toyour family if war brok betwen eritrea and ethiopia your msg was to serrender to anemy ethiopia. second you mention abaut 25 mils or125 this all mentaliy is the sahsah agame idia.but wene u lern good ingsh i fiting eths 1 agans 10 in sahl.but now not like that.we know whaw to taker u.but to sereder your family you said they r in tigray agame!!!go serener to amhara ormo.agan u r not eritrean but u jump in evry ert news or coments. your weyane is now near deth ethiopia free soon.

          • SINGAPO-ERIREAN January 22, 2012

            HGGUM BRHAN ,
            I do not mean to upset you.My final wish is not for my relatives to live in Ethiopia .Ethiopia belongs to Ethiopians ,and they are accomodating enough Eritreans. I want to bring them to Europe & America.As much as I like Ethiopians I am not Ethiopian or woyane , I happen to be Eritrean ,who is wise & better than my fellow average Ertreans .
            Your fellow citzen & Eritrean Agame

      • Semhar January 22, 2012

        All we need is to unite our people and fight our #1 enemy the tyrant dictator and his followers the PFDJ.

  • arada January 21, 2012

    naya indian film hasot weyna kolna naflto ina

  • Fekrawi January 21, 2012

    why are the pro DIA websites freaking out about this incident..that is what meskrem.net posted: if independent investigation proves Eritrea is involved then we are in deep shit!! DIA is in deep shit indeed

    • Semhar January 22, 2012

      #1 enemy of Eritrea and Ethiopia is the tyrant dictator and his followers the PFDJ. We must destroy them just like the Libyans did to his baddy Gadaffi.

      This is the moment we must come together to save our land and our people.
      Let freedom ring in Eritrea!
      Let freedom ring in Ethiopia!

  • Isayas Front for Dictatorship and Jailing(PFDJ) January 21, 2012

    Isayas is playing with civil and normal people, what is the use of killings these civil people?
    i dont get it why civil people are targeting.
    this arrogant president still use the fashion.
    he makes the hate and enmity of the two people to rich higher.. than the previous one.

    so HGDEF mendef.. stop killing civilians
    no one get any advantage of that, even you Isayas the master of this kind of attack cannot get any advantage of this one. so stop bombing and find a table for discussion.
    as discussion is a civilized way of solving a problem.
    WAR is a phobia of Arrogant leader. so mister president it is better to find a peaceful solution for the horn rather than making it to feel hot for war.
    ofcurse Popular Front for Dictatorship and Jaling doesnot want peace between these two countries b/c he fears that he will get a lot of questions of his people for democracy,developmet, freedom and lot. now he is playing with fire to divert the attention of our people. down Isayas idiot

    • Semhar January 22, 2012

      The UN should stop the tyrant dictator, the mad dog of Eritrea, the #1 enemy of Eritrean and Ethiopian citizens. We must destroy this tyrant and his followers the PFDJ.
      This is the moment we must come together to save our land and our people.
      Let freedom ring in Eritrea!
      Let freedom ring in Ethiopia!

    • hggum brhan January 23, 2012

      WE SKE BELL SAHSAH QOMAL AGAME ABTE NATKUM ENTERNET ZEYTATU Y THE AGAME PUT THEIR FINGER EVRYWERE .SREKTE,HUSEWTE,MEDANAGERTI MEBASTI,LEMENTE,KADAATE,MEZABETE DKATAT,RESAHAT.DEQOROTAT.QENAT,HASSADAT.THERE IS MENY MENY BUT YOU THIS IS ENAPH FOR NOW TILL WEYANE COLAPS.THEN YUO AGAME IN HAND OF AMHARA AND OROMIAN SOON.DONT TRY TO RUN TO YOUR NBR ERITREA.WE WILL NOT TAKING TIGRAY REFEUGE BY ANY MEANS.SO IF YOUR WEYANE REGEM GO DOWN PLS.DONT RUN TO NORTH IT TOO LONG BUT RUN SOUTH.THIS IS FOR ALLTIGRAY FOR THEIR CRIMES.FOR ETHIOPIAN OR ERITREANS ON YOUR TIME.SO DONT WARRY ABAUT OUR PRESIDENT WE LOVE HEM VERY VERY MACH.GN NSKA GUHAFF DRBAY EKA!!!!

  • Semhar January 22, 2012

    The UN should take the mad dog of Eritrea, the #1 enemy of Eritrean and Ethiopian citizens to court.
    This is the moment the Eritreans and Ethiopians must come together to save their land and their people.

    Let freedom ring in Eritrea!
    Let freedom ring in Ethiopia!

    • Abdi January 22, 2012

      Abshay Semhar
      where have you been?we haven’t heard from you after the failed sanction campaign you and worthless mates did,and now you came back after you heard this new accusation,Abshay Semhar i don’t understand what are you upto?

      • Dina January 23, 2012

        Abdi –
        Which failed sanction are you talking about? The one which made DIA fly from Equatorial guenea, uganda and NY within a week ? The one which made the gold miners sell thier share overnight? Or you thought sanctions involve military invasion? You don’t get it do you?

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