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Ethiopia Officials Detain Suspected Oromo Liberation Front Terrorists

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09/ 5/11 10:36 AM ET   AP

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- An Ethiopian official says the government is holding 29 people in the capital and other parts of the country on suspicion of terrorism.

Government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said Monday that police have "solid evidence" that the suspects were in involved in terrorism activities. He says they are linked to the Oromo Liberation Front, an Eritrea-based rebel group that is listed as a terrorist organization in Ethiopia.

Among those detained are two opposition politicians who were arrested last week. Amnesty International says they were arrested after the rights group interviewed them about Ethiopia's political climate and about politically motivated arrests.

Beyene Petros, leader of Ethiopia's opposition coalition, said there is no evidence against his coalition members.

Human rights groups have accused Ethiopia of cracking down on political dissent.

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