A video has appeared on social media showing armed men, some dressed in military uniforms, in Ethiopia burning civilians to death in the west of the country, sparking outrage and demands of justice.
Authorities said the incident occurred in Ayisid Kebele of Metekel Zone in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, where ethnic violence has killed hundreds of civilians in recent years, according to Reuters.
In a statement on Facebook, authorities confirmed that “in a series of horrific images circulated on social media, innocent civilians were burned to death.”
“Regardless of their origin or identity, the government will take legal action against those responsible for this gross and inhumane act,” the statement read.
It did not clarify when the incident took place or who was responsible, and Reuters was unable to verify when and where the video was filmed or the actions it showed.
In the video, some of the men in the crowd are seen wearing Ethiopian military uniforms, as well as uniforms from other regional security security forces, according to Reuters.
The military and government did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The violence in the Benishangul-Gumuz region is separate from the ongoing war in the northern Tigray region between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and an alliance led by prime minister Abiy Ahmed.