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Ethiopian Rebel Group Kills 74 Oil Workers  
User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17829 posts, RR: 46
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1331 times:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1177...580393.html?mod=home_whats_news_us


"Gunmen Kill 74 Workers in Raid
On Chinese-Run Oil Field in Ethiopia
Associated Press
April 24, 2007 10:06 a.m.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Gunmen raided a Chinese-run oil field in eastern Ethiopia on Tuesday, killing at least 74 workers and kidnapping seven, an official of the Addis Ababa-based company said. An Ethiopian rebel group claimed responsibility.

"The attack happened this morning. Nine Chinese were killed, seven Chinese workers were kidnapped and 65 locals were killed," said Xu Shuang, the general manager of Zhongyuan Petroleum Exploration Bureau, which is part of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp."

http://www.jeuneafrique.com/fluxafp/fil_info.asp?art_cle=36454

"Neuf Chinois et 65 Ethiopiens travaillant sur un site d'exploration pétrolière dans l'est de l'Ethiopie ont été tués mardi par des hommes armés qui ont également enlevé sept ressortissants chinois lors d'une attaque attribuée par les autorités éthiopiennes à des rebelles.

L'attaque a eu lieu contre les installations de la compagnie Zhongyuan Petroleum Exploration Bureau, situées à Abole, une petite ville à 120 km de la capitale de l'Etat Somali, Jijiga, dans la région Ogaden, a rapporté l'agence officielle chinoise d'information Chine nouvelle.
"


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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1323 times:

I'll be interested to see how the Chinese react. Is this their first experience with such terrorists?

User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17829 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1309 times:

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 1):
Is this their first experience with such terrorists?

I think they have plenty of domestic experience but I don't know about threats to their economic pursuits



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineHAJFlyer From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 1473 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

IMHO the Chinese government values energy security higher than a few individual lives. I would expect them to beef up security, but not to address the issue on a political level, as they are afraid of being accused of meddling in another country's internal affairs.

User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1272 times:

Apparently the Chinese are giving Europeans a run for their money with respect to investment in Africa. Ethiopia's getting a large chunk of it. The Chinese may raise a stink, but they'll do it quietly with the Ethiopian government. Africa's overrun with cheap Chinese goods, and I doubt if China will jeopardize those markets.

This is an interesting development though, isn't it? From the perspective of the Chinese, not the Ethiopians really.

I doubt if the attack was an anti-Chinese one. Does anyone know? At first glance, it appears to be an attack against the Ethiopian government.


User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17829 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1263 times:

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 4):
Does anyone know? At

It was an attack against any Ethiopian development in the Ogaden region by the aptly named Ogaden National Liberation Front, according to the Meles Zenawi's spokesperson. In 2006 the ONLF said it would not "tolerate" gas exploration in the region as long as they are denied self determination.



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User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1255 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 5):
In 2006 the ONLF said it would not "tolerate" gas exploration in the region as long as they are denied self determination.

Oh well.

Look for increasing sales of Chinese armaments to the Ethiopian government.


User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17829 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1207 times:

And of course Ethiopia accuses Eritrea of being behind the whole thing....

http://www.jeuneafrique.com/jeune_af...e.asp?art_cle=AFP14727attaqerhtyr0



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