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Former region president Abay Weldu and former vice president Abraham Tekeste are among those captured, according to state television.

The Ethiopian military said it had killed 15 members of the former ruling party in the Tigray region and captured eight more.

Quoting an Ethiopian National Defense Force brigadier-general, the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation said on Sunday those captured included the region’s former president, Abay Weldu, who was also a former president. of the ruling party in the region.

Those killed included the region’s former deputy police commissioner, he said.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government declares victory in its conflict with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF), a political party that previously governed the province, on November 28 after regaining control of the region’s capital, Mekelle.

The fighting began after the The TPLF allegedly attacked federal military bases in several parts of the region, triggering a war that shook the Horn of Africa.

The fugitive TPLF leaders had promised to continue fighting from the mountains.

The latest announcement regarding those killed and captured comes after the military said on Friday it had arrested Sebhat Nega, a founding member of the TPLF. On Saturday, he was transported to the capital, Addis Ababa.

The captured former TPLF chairman Abay served as the region’s chairman from 2010 to 2018. He has been replaced by the current group leader Debretsion Gebremichael. Abay was party chairman from 2012 to 2017, and was also replaced by Debretsion in this post.

Former region vice president Abraham Tekeste has also been captured, state television reported. Tekeste was also federal finance minister from 2016 to 2018.

It remains unclear where Debretsion, other members of the party’s central committee and many former high-ranking officers are.

Airstrikes and battles since early November in Tigray have reportedly killed thousands of people. Fighting continues in some areas and nearly 2.3 million people, nearly half of the population, need help, according to a United Nations report released last week.


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