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Search continues for kidnapped tourists

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Search continues for kidnapped tourists


The bodies of the five foreign tourists killed in the north of Ethiopia, along with the injured and survivors, have returned to Addis Ababa.

Another couple have gone to a hospital in Makele, the capital of the Afar region where the group was attacked.

Another two foreign tourists along with two Ethiopians were kidnapped, and the search for them continues.

Afar is remote and poor, with natural beauty that attracts tourists, and communities with aid workers. They are normally the only foreigners around.

Unless there is an incursion from over one of the porous borders in this part of the world, where banditry can flourish.

Ethiopia insists these were Afar rebels, trained and armed by Eritrea, which the Eritreans deny. Arch-enemy Eritrea was also accused of helping Afar rebels commit a similar crime in 2007, when five tourists were abducted.

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