A German tourist was killed on Sunday near a volcanic lake in northeastern Ethiopia. A local guide was wounded in the attack at Erta Ale in the Afar region.
The pair had become separated from a group of tourists when they were shot ‘by unknown armed men‘. Several separatist groups are known to operate in the region.
Janes IHS reports that there are claims on social media that some other tourists in the group were abducted – “the probable motivation of the raid was kidnapping of tourists for ransom, with the most probable perpetrator being the Afar Revolutionary Democratic Union Front (ARDUF).”
In 2012, two Germans, two Hungarians and an Austrian were killed in an attack by the ARDUF. In 2007, five Europeans and 13 Ethiopians were abducted by the same group and later released.
The military are hunting for the perpetrators of the Sunday attack.
FCO travel advisory update
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
Latest update: Safety and security section and summary – on 3 December 2017, a German tourist was shot and killed in an Ethiopian guide shot and wounded while sightseeing at Erta Ale, in the Danakil area of the Afar region of north-east Ethiopia; there is now an increased military and police presence in the area; travel may be disrupted and entry to some sites may be prohibited at short notice; if you’re in the area, exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities; you should only travel to this area with a recognised tour company – such tours are normally supported by an armed police or military escort.
from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: http://ift.tt/10wuGfY
- The Washington Post: German tourist killed in attack in northern Ethiopia
- BBC: German tourist shot dead in Ethiopia
- African News: Ethiopia confirms death of German tourist, hunt for killers underway
- Janes IHS: Ethiopia likely to mount raids on Eritrea-based Afar militants in retaliation for militant killing of European tourist
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