ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Clashes between security forces and gunmen over the weekend in Ethiopia's northern Amhara regional state have left five people dead, an Ethiopian official said on Monday.
Tefera Wondemagehnu, Chief Administrator of North Shoa zone of Amhara regional state, said deadly clashes between unidentified gunmen and security forces in the zone over the weekend left five people dead, reported state media outlet Ethiopia News Agency.
Wondemagehnu further said another four people were injured in the clashes, with local and federal security forces deployed in the area to prevent a recurrence of the weekend violence.
He further said discussions are currently being held by local community elders and religious figures to ensure a sustained clam is restored.
Last May, some areas of North Shoa zone in Amhara regional state were scenes of deadly clashes, reportedly between members of ethnic Amhara and ethnic Oromo communities. The ethnic clashes had left scores dead and several thousand others displaced.