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Al-Shabaab oo sheegtay in ay 87 askar iyo saraakiil ah ku dishay qaraxyadii Maxaas [Bayaan]. Somalia’s govt imposes curfew in Mogadishu, cancels flights ahead of Djibouti president’s visit

Ethiopian authorities have detained several senior officials from Tigray, including members of the government’s last administration in the conflict-ravaged region, the head of the state-appointed human rights commission said on Friday.

Daniel Bekele, Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, did not name the officials and declined to comment on the reasons for the arrests.

“We know about the arrests of at least eight,” he told Reuters, adding that some of the prisoners had been sent to Tigray’s neighbouring region of Afar.

The spokesman for Ethiopian Justice Minister Gedion Timothewos, federal police spokesman Jeylan Abdi and Afar regional spokesman Ahmed Koloyta did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Any such arrests would be highly unusual.

The government has previously sought to arrest leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the group that is fighting Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government.

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