ADDIS ABABA, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Rescue mission to get back abducted children from Gambella region of Ethiopia by the Murle tribe of South Sudan is underway by Ethiopian forces, has said Negeri Lencho, Ethiopian Minister of Government Communication Affairs.
The Minister was speaking to the press conference on Saturday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, where he said six of the recently abducted children as well as robbed cattle have been returned.
Stating that the tribe from South Sudan has repeatedly attacked Ethiopians in Gambella region, Negeri said the government of Ethiopia has opted to resolve the problem sustainably by working with the South Sudanese government.
"Repeatedly, the Murle tribe of South Sudan have attacked our citizens in some woredas (district) in Gambella region. The government opted for resolving this in a sustainable way," he said.
The government of Ethiopia started working with the South Sudanese government to change the attitude of the tribe that has carried out the attack, according to the Minister.
"The government started taking the immediate action; and security forces, the militia working in the region have taken appropriate action; now some of the children have been rescued, returned; so far, six of them. And among the cattle they took away, 185, all of the cattle have been returned and the security forces are still taking action. Some of these Murle tribe have been arrested; and also there were some who (were killed) in this," he said.