Ethiopia: Troops surround area 125 children are being held

AP News
Posted: Apr 20, 2016 5:35 PM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian government says it has identified and surrounded the area where an armed group is suspected of holding 125 children hostage.

Gatluak Tut, the president of the Gambella Regional State, told state-affiliated radio Wednesday that Ethiopian troops had crossed into South Sudan and surrounded Jior and Kok, where the children are allegedly being held by Murle tribesmen.

The Ethiopian government says at least 208 people died when the Murle allegedly attacked villages in Ethiopia on Friday and stole more than 2,000 cattle. Ethiopia says it has killed at least 60 of the attackers.

Ethiopia began two days of mourning on Wednesday to honor victims of the attack. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said in a national address that Ethiopia is in consultation with South Sudan to take joint military measures against the attackers.