Ethiopian authorities have arrested more than 4,000 people in the northern Amhara region, local state media said on Monday, amid a wider crackdown against militia fighters, critics and the press.
Gizachew Muluneh, spokesperson for the Amhara regional administration and federal government spokesperson Legesse Tulu did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the wave of arrests.
Tasew did not provide any evidence to back up the accusations of killings. Reuters could not independently verify the claims.
Amhara is the second-most populous region in Ethiopia, and a key constituency for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Amhara forces and the Fano militia backed Abiy’s federal troops against rebellious forces in northern Tigray when fighting erupted there in 2020, but relations between some top Amhara officials and central government have since soured.
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