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Djibouti extradites 4 men to Ethiopia on Suspicion of being TPLF members

ADDIS ABABA (SD) – Four men linked to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have been extradited to the Ethiopia from Djibouti barely six months after Tigray conflict broke out.

According to Ethiopian News Agency (ENA), the four who had been chased by the government over a planned terrorism plot were arrested and extradited to Ethiopia from Djibouti.

The agency reported that the men had participated in the attack on the Northern Command of the National Defense Force (ENDF) and killing of members of the Federal Police before crossing into Djibouti.

The four were identified as Habtom Gebresilassie Wolyu, Mesele Tamene Eshetu and Colonel Mohammed Berihu Nur.

In 2017, Ethiopia and Djibouti jointly signed extradition agreement which allows both countries to hand suspects to their respectively country.

The conflict began last November, when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered an attack on forces loyal to the region’s former ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), after they had overrun federal army bases.

Mr Abiy declared an end to the conflict after just a month, with the capture of Tigray’s capital, Mekelle.

But more than half a year later, Ethiopian troops and those from neighbouring Eritrea are still fighting TPLF forces.

Both sides in the conflict have been accused by human rights groups of committing crimes against civilians, including mass killings and rape.

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