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[Dehai-WN] Quatero.net: Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF)

From: Berhane Habtemariam <Berhane.Habtemariam_at_gmx.de_at_dehai.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:02:26 +0100

Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF)


On Monday (16.01.2012) our forces killed 16 Ethiopian soldiers and wounded a
dozen of them in

a battle when the Ethiopian forces opened fire on our patrolling unit near
the Arta-Ale Volcano in

a place called Xoxom. It was in this battle that the 5 European nationals
were killed. We regret the

death of those innocent civilians. ARDUF would like to convey its sincere
condolence and

sympathy to the families and relatives of dead peaceful tourists. We can
similarly confirm that

those German Nationals who were taken together with the Ethiopian soldiers
are safe and good

health. We can ensure that their peaceful release will be granted through
peaceful negotiation

with concerned part through the Afar elders in the region. But, we warn both
the Regional Afar

authorities as well as the Ethiopian Federal authorities not to engage in
another adventure

that can endanger the lives of the captured.

We can also confirm that European Nationals were absolutely killed by the
Ethiopian forces who

were accompanying them. TPLF -State -ETV showing only European Nationals on
TV, while they

kept their dead soldiers and injured secret in order to criminalize us
first, illegalize our legitimate

political demand second; and to terrorize Afar people in the region further
in the name of fighting

terrorism .

We assert that the Government of Eritrea has nothing to do with incident.
The fighting occurred

between ARDUF and TPLF led Ethiopian forces. Both European Nationals and
Ethiopian soldiers

were killed in battle with ARDUF. Therefore Ethiopian accusation of Eritrea
of arming and training

Afar Rebel (ARDUF) is baseless and unfounded. We are Ethiopian Afar
organization fighting for

liberating our people from political marginalization, economic deprivation,
social exclusion,

illiteracy and poverty for the last 29 years. For many decades, in the
region, the Afar people have

been suffering immeasurable loss and untold sufferings both economically,
socially, politically and


We, ARDUF, have history of a good record of protecting, respecting and
helping Foreign Nationals

and civilians. Previously, ARDUF had captured foreign Nationals who entered
its territories

illegally, more than seven times. The fact is that all those captured by
ARDUF were safely released.

We are principally against killings and torturing of innocent civilians
whatever nationality they


We, ARDUF advise foreign nationals, commercial investors and companies to
avoid entering into

areas controlled by ARDUF forces without ARDUF permission. Any person who
violates or ignore

this advice can endanger their lives in a any engagements between our forces
and the TPLFEthiopian


Military Command Centre (MCC)

Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) UGUUGUMO

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sidiica-Dara, Mabaya Locality

Zone four of the Afar State

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