More than 80 TPLF militants were killed by the Defense Forces and the Amhara Regional State Special Forces yesterday and today in the area of Ofra Woreda in South Tigray, according to our information.
Residents say several militants were killed in retaliation for the TPLF’s attempt to attack the Amhara Regional State Special Forces in Korem town.
According to local sources, at least 80 TPLF militants were killed in a joint operation with the Amhara Regional State Special Forces.
Government officials who are aware of the incident told us that the Joint Task Force and the Amhara Regional State Special Forces pursued the TPLF militants.
According to our sources, the TPLF militants who were hiding in a cave in a mountainous area 20 km west of Lake Ashnge were destroyed and the group’s commanders were captured by heavy artillery fire from Saturday to Sunday (today). There were no reports of civilian casualties.
Among those captured were senior military officers who had betrayed the army. Residents said the area was mountainous and steep, with many TPLF fighters taking refuge.
Following the beginning of the war between the federal government and the TPLF rebels, most of the TPLF Special Forces and militia, which had been stationed on the Raya Front from Alamata to Wajrat Hiwane, fled to this mountainous area.
The rebel TPLF has not yet commented on the matter.
Residents say the remaining TPLF militants have been disrupting traffic on the Korem-Hiwan road on the road from Addis Ababa to Mekele.
On February 11, 2013, six Adigrat University graduates and two federal police officers were killed in an attack by gunmen outside the nearby rural town of Adi Mesno.