Mdre Bahri has sadly learned from different Eritrean sources that Issaias Afeworki’s brutal soldiers have massacred innocent civilians on Sunday the 3rd of April 2016 in Asmara, the Eritrean capital.
According to Awate.com, “On Sunday, April 3, in the Shuq area of Asmara, Eritrean soldiers escorting convoys of conscripts opened fire on young recruits and civilians, killing and injuring an undisclosed number. The conscripts were en-route from training camps in Western Eritrea to Assab where they were, allegedly, to work as laborers in a planned Emirati construction of the Assab-Massawa road.
It all started at Bloco Keren (Mai Temenai area of Asmara) when two conscripts jumped off the truck they were on and were immediately killed. The drivers had been given strict instructions to not stop under any circumstance and the convoy continued on its journey.
On the basis of the awate report, the number of dead is unknown but assenna.com and erena.org, who first reported the story; indicate that there were four casualties. What appears to have made matters worse is that the guards, who were operating under strict instructions to not stop under any condition, ran over a young conscript who had fallen face first as he tried to jump off his truck.
This resulted in an already-tragic situation descending into chaos: the gathered crowd screamed in shock at the sight of a truck deliberately running over an unconscious person and killing him.
An enraged crowd started throwing rocks at the convoys and the kalay medeber (2nd station) police were called to pacify the chaos. In the melee, a police van was totally demolished.
It is said many of the wounded were taken to Halibet Hospital.