Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ethiopia: Tourists kidnapped after deadly Afa attack

At least four people have been kidnapped and five foreign tourists killed in an attack near the Eritrean border, the Ethiopian government says.

German, Hungarian and Austrian nationals were killed in Monday's attack in the remote Afar region, official spokesman Bereket Simon said.

Two German tourists and an Ethiopian policeman and driver were then abducted, he said.

Eritrea has denied the accusation by Ethiopia that it was behind the attack.

The tourists are believed to have been visiting a volcanic region in Afar - which correspondents describe as extremely hot and inhospitable - when they were attacked late on Monday.

Banditry is common in the area where both Eritrean and Ethiopian separatist rebels have operated. Read More