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The deaths of nine civilians in Ethiopia's restive Oromia region, home to its largest ethnic group, was due to an accidental shooting by soldiers, state media said Sunday.
Soldiers opened fire on the civilians near the town of Moyale on the southern border with Kenya after mistaking them for members of the banned Oromo Liberation Front who were attempting to sneak into the country, Ethiopian News Agency reported.
"The wrong information that members of the force received led to the confrontation that killed nine people and injured another 12," ENA said, without specifying when the incident took place.
Five soldiers involved in the shooting have been arrested, the agency added.
The government's version of events could not immediately be independently confirmed.