London, Sep 14, 2019 (CABNC) An Ethiopian top army official said members of the Islamic State extremist group have been detained in the East African country.
Berhanu Jula, deputy chief of Ethiopia’s military, told the state-owned Ethiopian News Agency on Wednesday that there is evidence the extremist group “has recruited, trained and armed some Ethiopians.”
He did not mention how many of them were arrested and how.
He said other members of the group still at large are being hunted down by the military and warned that the Islamic State group had tried many times in the past to set up base in Ethiopia.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has recently warned about attempts by the Somalia-based al-Shabab extremists to make inroads into Ethiopia.
Ethiopia’s army has a heavy presence in border areas with Somalia, where al-Shabab mounts regular bomb attacks.