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Ethiopian gunmen attack Sudanese governor


April 9, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A convoy carrying the governor of Sudan’s eastern state of Al-Qadarif across the shared borders with Ethiopia on Sunday was attacked by suspected members of the Ethiopian gang known as Shifta, Sudan Tribune has learned.

Karam Allah Abbas, governor of Sudan's eastern state of Al-QadarifThe attack took place as the convoy of the governor, Karam Allah Abbas, was crossing Um Dabalo area in Abu Sanda Sudanese locality bordering Ethiopia. Abbas was on his way to the neighboring Amhara Region of Ethiopia for a meeting with its governor when he stopped in Um Dabalo after spotting an Ethiopian farmer working in the area.

The governor started an argument with the Ethiopian farmer and told him that the land belongs to Sudan, at which point a group of armed Ethiopian men arrived at the scene and opened fire on the governor’s convoy.

Although no one was harmed in the fire, Abbas immediately cancelled his trip to the Amhara region and called in security reinforcements to escort his convoy back to Al-Qadarif.

Sources told Sudan Tribune that the incident had infuriated the governor who later threatened to sever his state’s ties with Ethiopia without referring to the central government in Khartoum.

The sources added that the governor had also threatened to lead a military campaign against the Shifta gangs and arm Sudanese tribes to fight them.

Sudan and Ethiopia agreed to demarcate their border, signed a number security agreements and also implementing a number of joint development projects for the population on the border zones.

However, Ethiopian opoosition groups criticized the demarcation saying that Prime Minister Zenawi conceded Ethiopian territory to the Sudan to compensate Khartoum for arresting rebels and banning their activities in the neighbouring country.

The governor of the Amhara Region Ato Ayalew Gobeze officially apologized to Abbas for the attack by the Shifta and promised to cooperate with Sudanese authorities in hunting down the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, local security authorities in Al-Qadarif announced on Monday that 12 suspects had been arrested in relation with the attack.

Al-Qadarif state government also announced that it intends to lodge an official complaint to the Ethiopian government against the attack.


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  • 10 April 2012 09:36, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    Go to hell i wish you go killed, you northerness are terrorist so everone eyes are on you, death to fake arab,

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    • 10 April 2012 10:06, by Konan

      Dinka Dominated SPLA/M,

      Man your heart is blacker than your face. Pls. visit the nearest psychotherapist the soonest possible and don’t worry I will pay the fee.

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  • 10 April 2012 10:06, by Luke

    Ato Ayelo should not apologize for that, Sudanese are always claiming any land that border them and it will be a very difficult time if Sudanese claim to fight with the Second Israel " Ethiopia Tikidom" that will not be like fight Nubia, Furs and Blue Nile citizens. Ethiopia should drive Sudan back to thier own areas where there is no hills. hills and mountains are in S.Sudan

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    • 10 April 2012 11:13, by Ruach

      Ethiopia must take back Kassala and South Sudan should take back Gambella and Benishagul/Gumuz Kilils.They belong to them

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      • 10 April 2012 23:52, by henok

        You need more places from Ethiopi? Just handle properly what you already have. The Ethiopian places you want to have will be too much for you.
        An Ethiopian

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    • 10 April 2012 14:18, by Northern Sudanese


      First of all, north sudan has more mountains and hills than south sudan.....we have red sea mountains,nuba mountains and marra mountains.....secondly,ethiopia can’t win a war against sudan as there military budget is just 800 milion a year compared to 3 to 4 bilion in sudan after separation....don’t forget,kasala belongs to sudan and not ethiopia, we have nearly 1 milion ethiopians in sudan.

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      • 10 April 2012 15:47, by Hitler

        Hey Northern Sudanese! 1 million ethiopians in Sudan is quite enough to dislodge you without reinforcement from ethiopia. Your defense budget looks big but all this is crap. South Sudan have destroyed trillion of dollars of your fantasy defense assets. We are committed to run a ground more of those crap. One place for you to hide. "GRAVE"

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        • 10 April 2012 18:30, by Northern Sudanese


          hahahahhaa thats why your called retarded lol hahahahhaaha!!!!

          trilions? lol, since when does an african country have trilions of dollars? hahahaahahahha

          give me any african country that controls a trilion dollar? hahahahaha

          fantasy? you mean the defense that took Abyei,Heglig and bombs south sudan everyday fantasy? lol hahahahaha

          man, what has south sudan destroyed in sudan? hahahaha

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      • 10 April 2012 23:59, by henok

        Winning a war is a matter of fortitude and valor not just money as you presume so. Do not you think so? If that was the case, we would have fallen colony to Italy as you had fallen to Great Britain.

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  • 10 April 2012 12:42, by Bentiu CAPTAIN

    Now the Ethiopians should know that these people of Omer Bashir are real criminals, any land good for farming or having OIL they say it belong to them. Now be careful ETHIOPIANS with these criminals.

    God bless South Sudan.

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  • 10 April 2012 13:18, by Hitler

    Land grabbers and neo-arabism expansionism. This is said and claimed over and over. Tough resistance from South Sudanese and denial of land and other resources for these terrain and carbon pirates in Northern Sudan from the South have given these criminals chance to move to ethiopia: why leave him alive? He should have fucked the ground.

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  • 10 April 2012 14:34, by seyoum777

    Most of the commentators have violated the rules of the ST.This is just a minor incident it can be sorted out peacefully.

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  • 10 April 2012 17:54, by John Liben

    As a person who has lived and worked in that area for so long, I feel sorry when I read this article. It is impossible for me to believe real shiftas would just shoot at government convoy and not injure someone. Why would they do that? What happened was most likely the work of the Ethiopian government itself as it regularly sends its own shiftas to provoke the Sudanese government.

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  • 10 April 2012 23:29, by Deng

    North Sudan will definitely be at war with all the nations it borders. The claiming part of Egypt, Chad, South Sudan, Libya, and now asking for Ethiopians to cede their land because the North had sold all their productive land to Saudi arabian millioneers. These thugs are nuts!!next time they will claim that Addis ababa is theirs.

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  • 11 April 2012 16:12, by Wolleyewu

    It is the conspiracy of Tigray lead government in Ethiopia from the out set. The current rejected government in Ethiopia has done everything in its capacity to destroy Ethiopia and the give away of Ethiopian land to sudan and other countries like Eriteria the important port Assab.

    So its upto every Ethiopians to pay the necessary price to defend our mother land from neighbouring enemies.

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    • 12 April 2012 18:13, by seyoum777

      Mr. Woloyew, it is not fair to blame the government of Ethiopia for minor incident such as this. Best regards,

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