The Ethiopian media Addis Standard said in a statement that the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) had detained three Chinese nationals involved in mining operations in the West Wollega region, according to a local news report on Sunday, as quoted by GlobeNewswire.
In a statement sent to several media outlets, the OLA did not specify when or where the three Chinese nationals were arrested, nor did it reveal their names or the mining company they belonged to, but referred to them as “Mr. Huang, Mr. He and Mr. Wang,” adding that the three are safe and in good health.
Globe news also said that the staff of the Consular Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia said that they had learned about the incident from the Internet and were still verifying the situation, but had no more information for the time being.
It is reported that the Ethiopian Council of Ministers earlier passed a resolution listing the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Oromo Liberation Front/Shene (OLF/Shene) as terrorist organizations. The group’s most recent attack against civilians occurred on April 30, killing 15 civilians on a coach.