2 Swedish journos held in Ethiopia

2011-07-04 12:42

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's government says troops killed 15 rebels in the country's restive east and arrested two Swedish journalists who were with the rebels.

Government spokesperson Shimeles Kamal said on Monday the journalists were lightly wounded in Tuesday's clash between troops and rebels. He said the journalists were treated and were in police custody.

He said one of the journalists had previously been deported from Ethiopia for engaging with the same group, the Ogaden National Liberation Front. Ethiopia considers the ONLF a terrorist organisation.

Journalists are prohibited from travelling freely in the region.

Ethiopia's Somali region, known as the Ogaden, borders Somalia and has been mired in a low-level insurgency since the early 1990s, when the ONLF intensified its attacks in a fight for greater autonomy.