Amhara militias sent 15 soldiers home as a show of clemency but were surprised more soldiers were digging up trenches for further combat operations.
The armed farmers in Wegera of Gonder region had captured about 50 soldiers during a battle with TPLF forces on November 9, 2016. Fighters admitted a greater number of soldiers were killed than those captured during the long battle.
The local militias were surprised when TPLF asked through mediators for the return of all the weapons they had seized from the soldiers. From bad to worse, they were startled that government forces were digging trenches for further military operations in the remote and rugged mountainous region.
The local militias have vowed to fight TPLF forces to the end.