Ethiopia said Wednesday that its troops had killed three prominent members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Their leaders are the targets of military operations in the northern Tigray region of the country.
The dead included Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin, former Federal Minister Abbey Tsehai, and former Parliamentary Secretary of State Asmerash Waldeseracy, according to a government statement.
According to a statement, the man “refused to surrender” and then died in a “fire exchange for the personal safety of criminals.”
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, ordered Tigray to send troops in early November.
Thousands have died in combat and tens of thousands of refugees have flowed across the border into Sudan, according to the International Crisis Group.
Abbey declared victory in late November after federal troops entered the provincial capital Mek’ele.
However, the TPLF has vowed to fight, and the United Nations reported last week that “local combat and anxiety continue” in several areas.
The top leaders of the TPLF continue to flee and their whereabouts are unknown.
Recently, the government announced the capture of several TPLF personnel, including founding member Sebhat Nega.
The TPLF dominated Ethiopia’s ruling coalition for almost 30 years before Abby came to power in 2018.
Abby’s government has restricted access to Tigray during combat, making it difficult to verify claims from both sides.
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