Even though the Government of Ethiopia quickly blamed elements in neighboring Eritrea for the deaths of five European tourists who were killed last week, it has now been confirmed that the attack was carried out by Ethiopian rebels of the Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF). ARDUF has also publicly ruled out anyone from Eritrea being involved.
COMMENT: Germany's Federal Foreign Office has confirmed that two of its nationals are missing, as well as two Germans being killed in the attack. Two Hungarians and one Austrian were also killed in the attack.
The area, which boasts spectacular moon-like landscapes and is famed to be the hottest place on Earth, is popular among travelers.
ARDUF has been fighting a low-level insurgency in the remote region to end what it says is "political marginalization and economic deprivation" by Addis Ababa.
In 2007, ARDUF rebels seized five European tourists and eight Ethiopians. The Europeans were released after 12 days to the Eritrean government, while the Ethiopians were freed almost two months later.