Ethiopia says ex-foreign minister killed by military after refusing to surrender

Ethiopia says ex-foreign minister killed by the military after refusing to surrender.

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Ethiopia said on Wednesday its military had killed three members of the Tigray region’s former ruling party, including former Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin.

The three Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) officials were killed, and five other party members were captured, after they refused to surrender to the military, the government’s task force for the crisis in Tigray said on Twitter.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government declared victory in its conflict with the TPLF on Nov. 28 last year after nearly a month of fighting.

Fugitive leaders of the TPLF had vowed to continue to fight from the mountains of the region in northern Ethiopia, but Reuters has been unable to contact them for weeks.

The military said last week it had captured Sebhat Nega, a founding member of the TPLF.

At the weekend, it said it had killed 15 members of the TPLF and captured eight others, according to state-run TV.

Seyoum was Ethiopia’s foreign minister from 1991 to 2010.

Air strikes and battles since early November in Tigray are believed to have killed thousands of people. Fighting is continuing in some parts and more than 2 million people need aid, the United Nations said this week.

Reuters has been unable to verify claims by either side since phone and internet connections to the Tigray region are down and access to the area is strictly controlled.


  1. That is what he planted Mr Mesvin. Enjoy your proud habesha country Siyom mesfin. He and the Senawi were the ones responsible disasters that happened in horn of Africa since 90s.Instead of serving tigraiyan people, they chose to as American agents in horn of Africa.

    And what zenawi and mesvin did mostly, they destabilize Somalia. They both were islamophobic and they were hate Somali people too much, I am 100%sure that, zenawi and mesvin hate Somali people, for only religion purposes. Take example melez zenawi. He not dies cancer, he dies Somaliphopia and islamophobic.
    When they took over power in 1991. They forgot tigraian issue, and they started kill Somalis and other Muslims.

    They also abused none habesha colonized people, such as southern and Gambela peoples. Enjoy

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