Ethiopia: Slain tourists are Europeans, Australian

2012-01-18 09:50

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia said on Wednesday that four of the five tourists killed in the northeast of the country were Europeans and the fifth an Australian, and blamed arch-foe Eritrea for backing their attackers.

"Terrorist groups trained and armed by the Eritrean government crossed the border and attacked them and the assailants have gone back," government spokesperson Bereket Simon told AFP.

"So far we have confirmed that five tourists have been killed by the terrorists and one of them is German, the other Belgian, Hungarian, an Italian and an Australian," he said.

The tourists were killed on Monday in the remote Afar region whilst visiting the Erta Ale volcanic site.

The Afar region, an inhospitable scrubland and desert with shallow salty lakes and chains of volcanoes, is reputed to be one of the hottest places on Earth. It also known for hominid fossil finds.

"Ethiopia requests that the UN and other international bodies take appropriate measures to ensure peace and security in the Horn of Africa," Bereket said.

Addis Ababa routinely accuses Eritrea of supporting rebels fighting the Ethiopian regime, charges that Eritrea denies.

The rival Horn of African countries fought a bitter territorial war between 1998 and 2000 and are still deeply at odds over their border.

  • Nitro - 2012-01-18 10:13

    I say Germany and the rest should go and bomb these muckers!!!!

      Gerhard - 2012-01-18 17:39

      Western imperialist out of Africa! From now on the AU will take over because they are tired of outside influence. A dream come true.

  • vermeulenwa - 2012-01-18 10:29

    I spent 3 weeks in Ethiopia and didnt have any problems...including Addis Ababa. It is a shame that their neighbours are doing this. That said, Ethiopia should ensure that tourists in their country are safe. We whould not be happy if Zimbabweans kill our tourists...waaaaait, they're doing it already right? Then again, tourists do stupid jumping off Table Mountain with a winged suit even though our goverment denied them a permit!!!

      Heiku - 2012-01-18 11:12

      Ive also been to Ethiopia recently and it was wonderful. They really do hate those damn Eritreans there.

      Afrikopite - 2012-01-18 11:50

      .....and you should not be happy when South Africans aid British to kill their wives, or least to say if South Africans steal from tourists at the OR Tambo Airport. You better think first vermeulenwa.

  • Matthias - 2012-01-18 10:42

    Funny.According to German newspapers the one guy was from AUSTRIA.

      Nitro - 2012-01-18 10:44

      That probably correct. With News24 we know that the 6th report of each story will probably be the truth

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-01-18 10:47

    Horn of Africa & the Sahel region of North West Africa, those two regions are facing security challenges presently. Tourist who visit there do so at their own risk.

  • jeremy002 - 2012-01-18 10:49

    I wonder what Ewan McGregor and his mate Charlie of 'Long Way Down' fame are making of this one. They travelled by bike, with vehicle back-up, from the top of Scotland to Cape Agullhas and reported no problems, descibing warnings about possible problems as "Bravo Sierra". I guess the vehicle back-up helped, and they occasionally had escorts, but none in Ethiopia as I recall.

  • Lorenzo - 2012-01-18 11:24

    Why do people even go on vacations in Africa anymore?? Is it because it’s cheap? I’d rather stay home…

      Piet - 2012-01-18 11:42

      you hit the nail on the head mate!

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-01-18 11:52

      What is Africa Lorenzo? Landscape, the people, wild animals you cant compare with yr recession plagued EU,

      Lizel - 2012-01-18 12:14

      I agree, if I can't visit Europe the US or Cape Town - I stay @ home!

      Foc - 2012-01-18 12:21

      I have been traveling into Africa for decades including Ethiopia a few times, and to be honest in not one of these African countries have I ever felt unsafe.... to be brutally honest I feel safer OUTSIDE South Africa than IN South Africa ... sadly

      Garth - 2012-01-18 13:07

      @ lorenzo, piet & lizel - Well we don't want you to travel in Africa, so wah! And Lizel, um, just a thought - Cape Town, it's in Africa. So stop going there then, okay!

      Bert - 2012-01-18 18:28

      Cosmos, people, wild animals, why you repeating yourself? albeit in different forms.

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-18 12:02

    Let Europe and Australia, the families of the slain, and the Governments of those countries, deal with it. We at home in South Africa have our our situations to deal with.

  • Lizel - 2012-01-18 13:50

    @Garth, thanks I know where CT is - but I suppose most intelligent people would understand my comment!

  • Peter - 2012-01-18 15:55

    Can some one please get their geography right. The Australian victim is not Australian but Austrian. Slight difference, but if it helps your geographical and general knowledge, there are no kangaroos in Austria.

  • Gilad - 2012-01-18 17:30

    Islamist murders I have no doubt. Kill a few infidels. Just bears an Islamist trade mark.

  • Bert - 2012-01-18 18:31

    The sooner the Horn of Africa is raised to wasteland the better. What the hell good ever came from that God forsaken part pf the world, just sub humans who just want to destroy. Destruction is easy, as they show, Construction?, they've never heard of it. Solve the pirate problem as well.

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