Unknown assailants have killed at least 90 people in a village in Ethiopia’s western Benishangul-Gumuz state during a Wednesday dawn attack, residents have told the BBC.
The attack come a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, together with top government and military officials, visited the state to discuss the recurrence of ethnic-based violence.
A nurse at a local clinic told the BBC that more than 30 people who sustained wounds were admitted to the facility, some were in critical condition.
Some sustained gunshot wounds while others were stabbed, the nurse added.
Beyene Melese, a spokesperson for the state’s government blamed what he called “anti-peace elements” for the attack.
“The exact number of those killed is not determined yet, but there’s information that it’s very high,’ Mr Beyene told the BBC.
Dozens of civilians have been killed in the state in at least four attacks since September.