Barnabas Fund, 12 March 2021
Twenty-four Christians, including two ministers, were attacked and killed by armed militants in western Ethiopia on Sunday 7 March.
The Christians were attending a church service in Horo Guduru Welega zone on the eve of Ethiopian Lent, which began on 8 March.
According to local contacts, members of the militant group OLF Shenie, an offshoot of the Oromo Liberation Front thought to be active in west and south Oromia, surrounded the church and forced members of the congregation to hand over their mobile phones.
The armed men then killed the two ministers outside the church, before taking the other Christians to a nearby forest where they too were killed.
The incident was confirmed by a regional official who said that security forces have been sent to the area.