BAHIR DAR, Northwestern Ethiopia — Twelve ruling party officials were killed and two wounded here in this resort city on the shores of Lake Tana on Sunday when rebels stormed a wedding and opened fire, a rebel spokesperson told Ethiomedia by phone on Monday.
The Ethiopian Unity and Freedom Force (EUFF), a rebel group that has been targetting the ruling EPRDF party officials and their businesses, claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. EUFF said the names of the officials killed and wounded would be released soon.
All those killed were members of Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), one of the four parties that make up the ruling EPRDF, in power since 1991.
The government has never acknowledged the existence of EUFF, despite suffering mortal blows.
Bahir Dar city, which is located about 580 km northwest of Addis Ababa, is known for its palm-lined avenues and is the leading tourist attraction in Ethiopia. Ethiopian Airlines maintains a daily flight to Bahir Dar, which boasts of the magnificent Blue Nile Falls and treasure-trove monasteries on the islands of Lake Tana.