Panafrican News Agency

Ethiopian Crisis: Gov't announces cash reward for information on TPLF leaders

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ethiopian Ministry of National Defence Force has announced a cash reward of 10 million Birr ($256,132) to anyone who provides information on the whereabouts of leaders of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

The state-owned Ethiopian News Agency quoted the Head of Information Department at the Ministry of National Defence Force, Lieutenant General Asrat Denero, as telling journalists on Friday that members of the National Defence Force (NDF) and Federal Police are working in partnership to bring the junta leadership to justice as soon as possible.

Currently the TPLF junta leaders are in hiding "in forests and caves", he said, and the military and Federal Police have been working to hunt them down.

The Ethiopian military launched an offensive against the Tigray regional administration on 4 November after forces under the command of the Tigray administration launched an offensive against NDF.

ENA said since the operation has now been ended, the government is engaged in ensuring the peace and stability of the region besides its activities to rebuild infrastructures damaged by forces of the TPLF and "bring the criminals to justice".

The Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed went to Mekelle, the regional capital of Tigray region, last Sunday his first visit since the fighting started.

-0- PANA MA 18Dec2020