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Topic - Peter Launsky-Tiefenthal
Gunmen in Ethiopia's arid north attacked a group of European tourists, killing five, wounding two and kidnapping two, an Ethiopian official said Wednesday.
"The problem is, there is no infrastructure in the area, no telephone lines; satellite phones barely work," Mr. Launsky-Tiefenthal said, comparing the remote area to "the surface of Mars."
Mr. Launsky-Tiefenthal said an Austrian Foreign Ministry travel warning has been in effect for the region since 2007 "because of several incidents involving attacks on tourist groups ... in some case politically motivated in others criminally motivated."