Survivors of a deadly attack in Ethiopia’s remote Afar region have arrived back in the capital, Addis Ababa.
Tired-looking and still dressed in their hiking clothes, the group of eleven was quickly whisked away in diplomatic vehicles.
Two Germans, two Hungarians and an Austrian tourist were killed in the dawn raid. Two more Germans were among four other people kidnapped.
Once described by the late British explorer Wilfried Thesiger as a “veritable land of death”, the Afar region is harsh terrain with salt mines and volcanos that attract researchers, aid workers, adventure tourists…and bandits.
Police say Eritrean-trained groups mounted the attack, a claim immediately rejected by Eritrea’s envoy to the African Union.
Ethiopia also blamed its neighbour for supporting Afar rebel groups and again accused it of kidnapping five Westerners in the region in 2007.