Ethiopia : police arrests 17 over organized robbery in Addis

Ethiopian police. Photo : ATR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Ethiopia has arrested 17 individuals on suspicion of involvement in violent robberies in the capital city Addis Ababa, an Ethiopian official said on Sunday.

Fasika Fanta, Chief Communications Officer, Addis Ababa Police Commission, said eight guns, several mobile handsets and seven getaway cars have been seized in the homes of the 17 suspects, reported state affiliated media outlet Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC).

Fanta said the suspects are alleged to have been divided into three groups and engaged in numerous violent robbery incidents in various parts of Addis Ababa.

He further said police has seized 412 guns and 22,000 bullets from criminals and “rogue” law enforcement members during the last three months, as part of a crackdown on rising incidences of violent crimes.

Addis Ababa, which is Ethiopia’s main political and economic hub, with an estimated population of 5 million people, hosts more than 100 diplomatic and international organizations missions and is generally thought to a safe city.

But, recently rising incidences of violent crimes have led to the Ethiopian government to install hundreds of security cameras along major road avenues and make mass arrests of suspected criminals.

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