Eritrea denies it trained Ethiopia tourist killers

Jan 18, 2012
By Aaron Maasho

Ethiopia Eritrea Afar regionADDIS ABABA, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Eritrea has rejected Ethiopia’s accusations that it trained and armed gunmen who attacked a group of foreign tourists in Ethiopia’s Afar region this week, its envoy to the African Union said on Wednesday.

German nationals were among five foreigners killed in the incident late on Monday, Western envoys said. Other tourists were receiving treatment for serious wounds sustained in the attack. One escaped unharmed.

An Ethiopian government official told Reuters on Tuesday that the assailants were members of a group “armed and trained” by the Eritrean government.

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