Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has ordered a military offensive to subdue a long-running separatists movement in the Tigray State.
Mr Abiy had accused the region’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, TPLF, of launching an alleged attack on an army base.
The Prime Minister adds that the group tried to loot military assets, although details of the attack could not be immediately verified.
Tensions between the government and TPLF have escalated in recent months, with both sides accusing the other of plotting to use military force.
The Tigrayans held most of Ethiopia’s political power from 1991 to 2018 when Mr Ahmed was elected, since then, the power has waned.