The Ethiopian Defense Force has continued with its military operation to release children kidnapped from districts in the regional state of Gambella, confirmed the Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO).
The office said armed militants of South Sudan’s Murle tribe infiltrated into Ethiopia and kidnapped the children in an attack they carried out in three districts of the state.
It confirmed that measures by the defense force have been strengthened to locate and release the children.
According to GCAO’s statement, armed members of the Murle tribe attacked 13 kebeles in Anuak and Nuer Zones of the state killing 208 Ethiopians.
They kidnapped 100 children and looted more than 2,000 cattle.
In its so far military operation in the area, the Ethiopian defense force has killed over 60 militants, the office said indicating tough measures by the military to give a lasting solution to attacks by the armed militants.
Some 11 armaments of the attackers have been seized, according to the office which also said a team of medical personnel have been dispatched to treat the civilians wounded in the attack.
The government expressed deep sorrow over the killing of civilians by the armed militant groups.