Ethiopia: Tourists Killed

    Dalol, ETHIOPIA: A photo taken in February 2005 shows a salt canyon in Dalol in the Afar region of East Africa. Britain stepped up efforts 05 March 2007, to secure the freedom of five people linked to its Addis Ababa embassy feared kidnapped in Ethiopia, amid reports that special forces were on standby. The missing group were kidnapped 01 March 2007 while on a tourist trip to the remote northeastern Afar desert region near the Eritrean border, according to the Ethiopian state news agency. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS MARTEL /  LA REUNION OUT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS MARTEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Ethiopian government said Wednesday that at least five European tourists kidnapped at gunpoint have been killed. They were part of a group of 27 foreigners—including two Americans—who were the target of an ambush in a remote corner of Ethiopia. Two Germans and two Ethiopians were also kidnapped in the attack, which Ethiopian officials have blamed on neighboring country Eritrea, an allegation the country’s envoy to the African Union dismissed as “an absolute lie.” The region of Afar, in which the attack occurred, has been described as containing some of the world’s most inhospitable terrain, and is a hideaway for bandits and rebel groups.

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