Armed men killed at least 16 people and injured two dozen others in a small village in north-eastern Ethiopia, a local police official said, in one of the deadliest attacks in the region.
The incident happened on Saturday in Obno, in Afambo district of the Afar region.
“The armed men came via Djibouti and committed the killings,” Afar’s deputy police commissioner Ahmed Humed told Reuters.
“We’ve never seen such an incident where many civilians lost their lives. We are still investigating who these armed men are.”
A local hospital admitted 28 patients with injuries from explosives and bullet wounds, Mohammed Hassen, head of Dubti Hospital in Afar, told Reuters.
A woman injured in the attack lost her husband and four-month old son, Mohammed said.
Ethiopia is undergoing political and economic reforms under Prime Minister Abiy.
He won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his peacemaking efforts which ended two decades of hostility with long-time enemy Eritrea.
Changes instituted by Abiy emboldened regional strongmen and increased ethnic tensions across what was once one of Africa’s most repressive nations.