Gawa Qanqa massacre

On 2 November 2020, allegedly a group of up to 60 gunmen attacked a schoolyard in the village of Gawa Qanqa[3] in the Guliso District of West Welega Zone in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia, killing 32-54 people. The state-run Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said the attack had targeted people of the Amhara ethnic group.[4] 200 people were gathered by an armed group for a meeting and then were shot at by the armed group.[5] Soldiers had reportedly left the area hours before the attack. The Oromia Regional Government blamed the Oromo Liberation Army for the attack,[2] who denied responsibility.[citation needed] Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed denounced the attack and promised a thorough investigation.[5] Ethnic violence has increased since he took office.[1]

Part of the Oromo conflict
LocationGawa Qanqa, West Welega Zone, Ethiopia
Coordinates09°11′53″N 34°52′50″E / 9.19806°N 34.88056°E / 9.19806; 34.88056Coordinates: 09°11′53″N 34°52′50″E / 9.19806°N 34.88056°E / 9.19806; 34.88056
Date2 November 2020
Attack type
Perpetrators(Disputed)Ethiopia Ethiopian Government blamed Oromo Liberation Army; OLA denied responsibility

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  1. ^ a b "Ethiopia: Gunmen kill at least 32 people in Oromia state". BBC News. 2 November 2020. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b "At least 54 killed in Ethiopia massacre, says Amnesty". The Guardian. 2 November 2020. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Survivors count 54 dead after Ethiopia massacre, group says". Associated Press. 2 November 2020. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Gunmen kill 32, burn houses in attack in Ethiopia". CNN. 3 November 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Dozens killed in 'brutal' western Ethiopia attack". Al Jazeera English. 2 November 2020. Retrieved 2 November 2020.