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
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Map of Ethiopia highlighting the Somali region.
LocationAbole, Somali Region, Ethiopia
DateApril 24, 2007
6:00 am[1] (UTC+3)
TargetAbole oil field
Deaths65 Ethiopian workers
9 Chinese workers
7 Chinese workers taken hostage.
InjuredUnknown
PerpetratorsFlag of Ogaden National Liberation Front(2).svg Ogaden National Liberation Front

The Abole attack came just as Ethiopian forces in Mogadishu were involved in fierce fighting with Somali insurgents.[2] 74 Ethiopian soldiers, including nine Chinese workers working for the ZPEB were killed in the attack.[3][4][5]

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  1. ^ "China strongly condemns attack on Chinese oil company site in Ethiopia". Embassy of People's Republic of China in the United States of America. 2007-04-25. Retrieved 2007-04-25.
  2. ^ "Collective Punishment: War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity in the Ogaden area of Ethiopia's Somali Regional State". Human Rights Watch. June 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  3. ^ "A letter sent to BBC by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of FDRE". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia. 2007-04-30. Archived from the original on 30 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  4. ^ "Scores die in Ethiopia oil attack". BBC News. 2007-04-24. Archived from the original on 28 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-25.
  5. ^ "9 Chinese workers killed by gunmen in Ethiopia's Somali state". Xinhua News Agency. 2007-04-24. Archived from the original on 11 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-24.

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