ADDIS ABABA (Halbeeg News) – Ethiopian law Enforcement agencies have discovered a mass grave with 200 bodies near the border between the Somali and Oromia regions of the country.
Ethiopia’s state-affiliated broadcaster, FANA reported that the police were carrying out a court-ordered investigation for evidence of alleged abuses by forces loyal to the former president of the Somali region, Abdi Mohamed, who is now in detention.
According to FANA, the police are trying to identify the 200 bodies found.
In August, Ethiopian officials said the Liyu carried out an attack that killed 41 people and injured 20 others.
Human Rights Watch accused the Liyu of carrying out a brutal and relentless pattern of abuse, torture, rape, and humiliation in the region.
A notorious regional security force known as the Liyu police is accused of carrying out killings in the area between the Somali and Oromia regions.
Mohamed was ousted in August and was arrested weeks later after the Somali regional assembly where he was a lawmaker stripped of his parliamentary immunity.
He was accused of commuting crimes against humanity including torture, rape, and killings during his 13-year rule.
Last month the state-linked broadcaster Fana reported that he attempted to escape police custody by climbing through a window ahead of a court appearance.