40 Gunmen Apprehended in Mekele’s Alula Aba Nega Airport After Arriving in An Antonov Airplane
The Airplane is Suspected to have landed Accidentally and Coming from Sudan
DireTube In a very unexpected turn of events, security officials in the Northern Ethiopian city of Mekele were baffled by the sudden arrival of unidentified gunmen at their airport. Sources disclosed to media that a large Antonov aircraft landed in Alula Aba Nega Airport and upon inspection revealed the presence of armed men. Recent media reports reveal that all of these men are Ethiopian nationals.
Notably, the Antonov plane reportedly crossed into Ethiopia from Sudan. Tigray Regional officials disclosed to media that the plane purportedly landed by accident. A recent media release by DW Amharic reveals the destination of the large carrier was Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city.
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Since the story broke yesterday, the mission of these armed men and why exactly they landed in Alula Aba Nega Airport has been cause for speculation. Online commentators reflect the general bewilderment at this event which is highly unusual and occurs at a time of unprecedented change in the nation’s political landscape.
Notably, large Russian made carriers of the sort reported to have landed in Mekelle are used by governments and perhaps also peacekeeping missions in the region.
Significantly, the Alula Abe Nega airport began flights to Asmara recently. This was a landmark event for the capital city of the Tigray Regional State and the region as a whole. The young and charismatic new Prime Minister of Ethiopia recently brokered a peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Previous to this the two countries were on a war footing for two decades.
In addition, Ethiopian Airlines has told media that Flights to Assab and Massawa are set to begin soon.
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