Ethiopians suspected of ISIS-link charged with terrorism

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Suspects belonging to the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) held in detention since May 2017 have been charged with terrorism by a court in Addis Ababa, the Amharic language newspaper The Reporter wrote on Sunday. The 26 Ethiopians were accused of having “enlisted” in the Islamic State group and running ISIS-linked cell in Addis Ababa, Harar and Alaba towns, according to a charge by the prosecutor, cited by the paper.
The members were planning terrorist attacks after taking military training in the Somalia town of Bosasso, it was stated. While making thier base in Addis Ababa, they were moving actively in areas of Oromia, Harar, Southern state and Amhara regions and used the “Bilal Broadcasting Network” to spread their message, according to the charge. The prosecutor also said “the hard line group” used a website called “Islamic Fighters” and social messaging platform, What’Up for its communications with the Islamic group abroad.
The members were in communication with the US based extremist group called Abdelhab and another group in Sudan through telephone calls and other channels to receive orders and carry out attack, it was stated.
The trial is expected to resume on 12 January.
Increasing Islamic militancy in the region – Kenya and Somalia have all witnessed increased Islamist activity – is of concern to the Ethiopian authorities, who say they are facing growing threats.
At the same time, Ethiopia’s government has the history of using terrorism-related prosecutions to clamp down on lawful freedom of speech and assembly and has been interfering in the religious affairs of its Islamic population and wrongfully arresting people.

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  1. mariamawit m. says:

    Is this another fiction from the Ethiopian regime to get the west’s support? Especially the US based extremist group called Abdelhab is too suspicious. It looks like the regime is targeting some vocal opponents from the there.

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