Authorities in Somalia’s Gedo region point finger at Ethiopia in killing of senior official

Bakal Koke

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Politicians and elders in south Somalia’s Gedo region accused Ethiopia’s government of playing a role in the killing of regional spy chief Bakal Koke last week, Caasimada Online news website has reported.

The officials said Ethiopian intelligence services had attached an explosive device to the vehicle of the late spy that led to his death outside the town of Luq in Gedo region.

Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

Karar Adan Rukow, an official with Gedo regional administration said findings of an investigation established into the attack showed that Ethiopian spies were behind the killing, denying allegations that Somali intelligence agency was involved.

The official added that a “revolution” against Ethiopian troops began in the region and that “Ethiopians will no longer be present in Gedo.”

Ethiopia has not yet commented on the accusation, which is not the first of its kind against its troops in Somalia. The slain regional official was a staunch ally of Ethiopian government and used to take orders directly from Ethiopian officials.

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