A bad weekend it was for some innocent civilians as they could not make it into another new week.

The military thought they were making progress, only to find out that those killed were not members of the Oromo Liberation Front, a secessionist group which the government has branded as terrorists.

Nine civilians were killed, while 12 others were badly injured when Ethiopian soldiers opened fire at them mistakenly.

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The victims were mistaken for rebels near a town along the country’s border with Kenya.

The soldiers were deployed to the Moyale area of the country’s Oromiya region in pursuit of Oromo Liberation Front fighters who had crossed into Ethiopia from three locations, the Ethiopian News Agency said.

“Nine civilians were killed and 12 others were injured during an operation that was launched with faulty intelligence,” members of the armed forces told the agency.

Several soldiers have been suspended and are under investigation while a high-level military delegation has been dispatched to the area to launch an inquiry.

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