Death Toll in Djibouti Ethnic Violence Rises to 10


NAIROBI (Somaliguardian) – Death toll from ethnic clashes in some of the neighborhoods of Djibouti has risen to 10 as the tiny Horn of Africa nation’s government vows to prevent a repeat of Sunday’s violence.

Djibouti’s interior minister Saeed Nouh Hassan vowed an iron fist response against those behind the violence, saying that the government will not allow Djibouti to be sucked into Ethiopia’s crisis.

Afar and Somali ethnic groups have been fighting over a disputed territory in northeastern Ethiopia for years, but tensions have recently renewed amid heating up conflict in the Horn of Africa nation and deepening ethnic frictions. The crisis have spilled into neighboring Djibouti last week, where some members of the two ethnic groups used arson attacks on each others’ residential areas in the neighborhood of Balbala.

At least 10 people are reported dead and dozens more wounded in the violence, triggering heavy deployment of police across the roads of the capital to prevent further spread of the clashes.

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