Saturday, September 16, 2006

More Army officers defect

Two senior Ethiopian army officers have defected to join the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), the rebel group says.

The two are Brig Gen Hailu Gonfa (pictured right) and Col Gemechu Ayana, who commanded the Eighth Mechanized Division.

However, Ethiopian officials said they had no knowledge of the reports. Last month Brig Gen Kemal Geltu also joined the Eritrea-backed OLF.

Ethiopian officers 'join rebels' (BBC) 15 September, 2006