The Ethiopian Government Liaison Service said in a statement on its Facebook page that the incident took place in the Aysid Kebele area of the Metekel zone in the Benishangul Gumuz region, a site of frequent ethnic violence for more than a year that has left hundreds of civilians dead.
“Recently, a horrific and inhumane act was committed…In a series of horrific images circulated on social media, innocent civilians were burned alive,” the statement said.
When the events occurred and who is responsible for them, not reported.
“Regardless of their origin or identity, the government will take legal action against those responsible for this gross and inhumane act.”
Reuters was unable to confirm the time and place where the video was filmed or the activities shown.
In the video, some of the men in the crowd are dressed in Ethiopian military uniforms, as well as those of other regional security forces.
Military spokesman Colonel Getnet Adane and government spokesman Leges Tulu did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The violence in the multi-ethnic Benishangul-Gumuz region is not related to the war in the northern Tigray region that broke out in November 2020 between Ethiopian federal forces and the rebel forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).