ARDUFAfar Revolutionary Democratic Union Front (Ethiopia)
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"ARDUF are unhappy because the government does not listen to our needs," Hussein Moussa, an Afar pastoralist, explains.
But a statement from Arduf chairman Mussa Ibrahim, who was apparently pictured on local TV with Mr Smart and his colleagues, was also posted on Eritrea's official website at the time.
Arduf has been fighting for years against Ethiopia and Eritrea over lands inhabited by ethnic Afar.
Eritrea has blamed the rebel Ethiopian group the Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (Arduf).
The Ethiopian military on Thursday carried out cross-border attacks against three Afar rebel bases inside Eritrea where Addis Ababa alleges its arch-rival trains subversive groups, including separatist group the Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) who killed five western tourists in an ambush last January in the Afar region near the Eritrean border.
Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) claims it is struggling against political marginalization byAddis Ababaand to the unity of the Afar peoples inEthiopia,EritreaandDjibouti.
In a statement, the Eritrea based Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) said the two Germans were handed over to local elders on Monday night in the presence of German Embassy representatives.