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Published on : Friday, November 8, 2013
Ethiopia’s National Intelligence and Security Service and Federal Police Joint Counter-terrorism Task Force says it has reliable evidence indicating that the terrorist group Al-shabaab and terror groups assisted by Eritrea are preparing to carry out terror attack in various parts of Ethiopia.
The Task Force called upon the public and security forces to be alert and co-operate with police and security forces, saying it had obtained reliable evidence that there were preparations for terror attacks in Addis Ababa and other regional towns in two directions.
The statement from the Task Force here on Wednesday said the plotters of the terrorism preparation are Al-Shabaab and other terrorists deployed by the Eritrean regime. The terrorists aim to destabilize the country and hinder its development progress, it said.
The Task Force called upon the public and all security forces to co-operate and remain watchful to the efforts being undertaken to foil the terror attacks before they materialized.
It urged citizens working in public recreation areas to inform police and security forces in case of any unusual situations and suspicious activities by any individual.
Organizations and individuals who provide rental services of houses, rooms and cars should also carry out proper registration of their clients’ documents, the statement said.
Regarding the foiled terror attack on Oct 13, 2013 in Bole sub-city, the Task Force said it had found evidences that the thwarted terror attack targeted football fans watching the match between Ethiopia and Nigeria. It said the Task Force had continued further investigation on the issue.
According to the Task Force, the two would-be bombers who died in their foiled terror attack on Oct 13 were Somali citizens.