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Japanese citizen believed to be among 5 miners killed by gunmen in Ethiopia

Kyodo

Five miners in Ethiopia were shot dead by unidentified gunmen earlier this week and the Japanese Embassy is trying to confirm media reports Thursday that one of the victims was a Japanese citizen.

The victims, who included three Ethiopians and an Indian, were attacked in a car in the Oromiya region, some 500 kilometers west of Addis Ababa, on Tuesday, according to local media.

Several conflicts and a border dispute are simmering in the region, the reports said.

The Oromo Liberation Front, a popular party involved in armed conflict in the region, reached a deal last year with the federal government to disarm. But some of its factions have opposed efforts to restore peace.