German tourist killed in Ethiopia


A German tourist was killed and his Ethiopian tour guide injured in an attack by gunmen in northern Ethiopia’s remote Afar region, officials said.

The attack took place while the tourist was camped near the Erta Ale volcano, security officials told Reuters.

Government spokesman Negeri Lencho confirmed the incident.
“The perpetrators are being sought by security forces,” he said, adding they were yet to identify who the attackers were.

Afar province which borders Eritrea is prone to banditry and separatist rebels have operated there. Addis Ababa said rebels are backed by its northern neighbour, with who it is at odds over an unresolved border dispute.

Five European tourists were killed and two others kidnapped along with two Ethiopians in the same region in 2012, an incident claimed by a group that has carried out sporadic attacks for over a decade.

The Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) fought a low-key insurgency to carve out a homeland from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti.

Five years earlier, five Europeans were kidnapped in the province – a barren, hot corner of the Horn of Africa country where rocky hills rise above deserts below sea level.