Raid on Abole oil exploration facility
The raid on Abole oil exploration facility occurred in the early morning of April 24, 2007, when gunmen of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) attacked the oil exploration facility of Zhongyuan Petroleum Exploration Bureau (ZPEB), a subsidiary of the China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), in the town of Abole, 30 km (19 mi) northwest of Degehabur, in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.
|Raid on Abole oil exploration facility|
Map of Ethiopia highlighting the Somali region.
|Location||Abole, Somali Region, Ethiopia|
|Date||April 24, 2007 |
6:00 am (UTC+3)
|Target||Abole oil field|
|Deaths||65 Ethiopian workers|
9 Chinese workers
7 Chinese workers taken hostage.
|Perpetrators||Ogaden National Liberation Front|
The Abole attack came just as Ethiopian forces in Mogadishu were involved in fierce fighting with Somali insurgents. 74 Ethiopian soldiers, including nine Chinese workers working for the ZPEB were killed in the attack.
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