Ethiopia accuses Eritrea of hijacking helicopter

World Bulletin/News Desk

Ethiopia on Monday accused what it described as the “agents” of the regime in Eritrea of hijacking an Ethiopian helicopter.

The Ethiopian Defense Ministry said in a statement that an Ethiopian helicopter – that has disappeared since Friday – was forced to land in neighboring Eritrea.

It said the helicopter was on a training mission when the Ethiopian pilot forced a trainee and a technician on board to head to Eritrea.

 “The agents of the Eritrean regime had carried out the helicopter hijacking,” the Ethiopian Defense Ministry added in the statement.

It denounced what it called the “enemies of peace and democracy”, probably in reference to the ruling regime in Eritrea.

It said “anti-peace” groups would not be able to impede development, peace and democracy in Ethiopia.

The Anadolu Agency could not immediately obtain comments from the Eritrean government on the accusations of the Ethiopian Defense Ministry.

Ethiopia and Eritrea have been on no-peace, no-war terms since 2000 when the war between the two African states came to an end over a border triangle.

The war left thousands of people dead on both sides.

The two sides have also been trading accusations of supporting internal opposition since the end of the war.


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