74 Die In Ethiopian Oil Field Attack – AP (Updated)

From AP, via MSNBC.com:

Gunmen raided a Chinese-run oil field near the Somali border on Tuesday, killing 65 Ethiopians and nine Chinese workers, an official of the Chinese company said. An ethnic Somali rebel group claimed responsibility for the attack. [Full Text]

– UPDATE: See also from BBC: “Q&A: Ethiopia’s ONLF rebels.” and “China, Ethiopia: Facing the Price of Engaging Africa” from Stratfor, which says:

An attack on a Chinese energy exploration facility in eastern Ethiopia has left nine Chinese dead and another seven kidnapped. Reportedly carried out by some 200 militants, the attack was well-planned and -coordinated, suggesting the perpetrators intended to target the Chinese facility. Coming on the heels of a string of attacks against Chinese interests in Africa and rising African concerns about Chinese activities, the incident will force Beijing to rethink its involvement and security in Africa. [Full text]


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