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Ethiopian police seizes tons of chemicals

October 17, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopian security forces seized 3.7 tons of chemicals which has been in the hands of a rebel group that Addis Ababa designate it as "terrorist group", police said on Friday.

The state-run Ethiopian Television (ETV) displayed the seized chemicals and other related materials, which police said were under preparation to be assembled as explosives by the rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).

The dangerous chemicals were uncovered at the remote eastern region of Somali’s Daforqalt local area, where it was kept buried. Police said some 7,ooo bullets of various types and with a potential of producing 1,850 explosives were among the unearthed from the ground.

The seizure was possible after a tip-off from an ONLF member, Abdi Mohammed Awhasen, who recently turned himself in to Government forces.

According to Police sources, Abdi Mohammed Awhasen was ONLF’s military affairs coordinator and has been coordinating the group’s activities over the past ten years in the Somali region, where the rebel group is active.

On April, 2007, members of the ONLF attacked a Chinese-run oil field in Abole, Somali region, killing some 65 Ethiopians and 9 Chinese nationals.

Founded in 1984, The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) fights seeking right of self-determination for the ethnically Somali Ogaden region saying their region has never been part of Ethiopia.