ADDIS ABABA, 10 April 2021 – Ethiopian military officials have rejected allegations that their soldiers were involved in the massacre of 15 unarmed men in the country’s northern Tigray region.
The men were seen on video gone viral on social media rounding up and escorting the unarmed civilians to the spot where they were executed at point-blank range.
Victims were then pushed over the edge of a cliff into the valley below with some of the soldiers involved in the extrajudicial executions insisting on documenting the killings on video.
Rights groups and several international media outlets, including the BBC, partnered with a satellite imaging company to authenticate the video.
Investigative reporters established that the executions were carried out at a spot near the holy city of Aksum, where hundreds of people were massacred over a 24-hour period on November 28 and 29 last year.
Based on the uniforms the soldiers were wearing, the language they were speaking, the weapons they used, and other insignia, investigative reporters identified the executioners as Ethiopian soldiers.
Brigadier General Kuma Mideksa alleged that the footage was fabricated by forces loyal to ousted leaders of the Tigray region.
The official said the killers reportedly from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) wore stolen Ethiopian army uniforms.