Eritrea reportedly foils "massive terrorist operation";
blames Ethiopia, Sudan
BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom; May 26, 2004
[Ethiopian] regime and the government of Sudan jointly planned to carry out
terrorist attacks in various parts of Gash Barka Region [western Eritrea] with
the intention of disrupting the 13th anniversary of independence [on 24 May]
and depriving the Eritrean people of celebrations of their hard-won
independence by mobilizing renowned terrorists.
their plans, with exception of the terrorist attack that took place in Barentu
town, were foiled by Eritrean security personnel before they could be carried
out, news received from the area says.
According to the
report, out of the terrorists, who were recruited by the weyane regime and the
Sudanese government to carry out a massive terrorist operation in Eritrea, some
were killed and others captured.
In a statement
regarding the incident, a senior government official said the weyane regime and
the Sudanese government had been trying continuously to disrupt the prevailing
peace and stability in Eritrea by training and arming various terrorist groups
and mobilizing them to Eritrea to carry out terrorist activities.
He said it was
unfortunate to see such renowned terrorist governments as members of the global
coalition against terrorism. He said their membership in the global coalition
would reduce the dignity of and respect for the coalition, and encourage the
reiterated that Eritrea would continue its struggle against terrorism with even
Source: Voice of
the Broad Masses of Eritrea, Asmara, in Tigrinya 0930 gmt 26 May 04