Breaking-news: 22 officers detained for Bahirdar killing spree

Breaking-news: 22 officers detained for Bahirdar killing spree

Posted by Daniel Berhane on Saturday, May 18, 2013 @ 6:57 pm · 4 Comments


(Daniel Berhane)

Federal Police detained fifteen of its officers include a Shaleqa level officer, it has been learnt. The list of detainee include another seven “security officers”.

The detainees are presumed responsible for the security vacuum that enabled the killings in Bahirdar.

It is to be recalled that a rogue Federal police officer killed twelve people in the city, around a vicinity called Abay Mado Kebele eleven, last Sunday evening around 9 pm.

Residents and officials concur that the killing spree could have been halted in time as there were several officers guarding government offices in the vicinity.

The killer, named Constable Fekadu Nasha and said to be from Oromiya region, escaped police pursuit and jumped into Blue Nile – Abay river shortly after the killings. His body was found on Tuesday morning after a high-profile search by the Federal police and local militia.

Chief of the Federal Police, Commissioner General Workneh Gebeyehu, held meetings with local elders in Bahir-dar and pledged to help the victims’ family.

It has been reported earlier in this blog that Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalgne issued a prompt press statement on Monday calling the killing spree “cruel, outrageous and unacceptable”.

On the same day, Ayalew Gobeze, President of Amhara state pledged that he will hold into account if concerned officers and officials would be found of responsible of “creating conducive environment” for the killing spree and for not halting it in time.

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