Four men who allegedly have links with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have been handed over to the Ethiopian authorities by Djibouti government, local media and Ethiopian police confirmed Tuesday.
Ethiopian News Agency reported that the four who were accused of taking part in an armed attack on an Ethiopian military camp arrived in Addis Ababa on Monday.
“Members of the terrorist TPLF fugitives who had been chased by the government over a planned terrorism plot were arrested and extradited to Ethiopia from Djibouti, according Federal Police,” the agency reported. “The fugitives are among the members of the terrorist TPLF group who had participated in the attack on the Northern Command of the National Defense Force (ENDF) and members of the Federal Police and fled to neighboring countries.”
The agency reported that the men had participated in the attack on the Northern Command of the National Defense Force (ENDF) and killing of members of the Federal Police before crossing into Djibouti.
The four were identified as Habtom Gebresilassie Wolyu, Mesele Tamene Eshetu and Colonel Mohammed Berihu Nur.
Mid last year, Ethiopian parliament approved extradition treaties inked with Djioubti and Rwanda governments.
The extradition of the men comes six months after deadly conflict between Ethiopian forces and Ethiopian forces broke out Tigray region of Ethiopia.
The war began last November, when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered an attack on forces loyal to the region’s former ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), after they had overrun federal army bases.
Mr Abiy declared an end to the conflict after just a month, with the capture of Tigray’s capital, Mekelle.
But more than half a year later, Ethiopian troops and those from neighbouring Eritrea are still fighting TPLF forces.
Both sides in the conflict have been accused by human rights groups of committing crimes against civilians, including mass killings and rape.