Our news is saying, that 4 people have also been kidnapped. The travellers, who were killed, are reported to come from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary and Italy.
Foreign ministry here has been warning about travel to the Afar region. I don´t know, where exactly this incident has happened, but in their travel advisory (which is dated Dec 14, 2011) it says (and I´m definitely NOT an expert on that area, I don´t have any view on whether or not all of it is correct – this is only a free translation from the paper):
"The border area between Eritrea and Ethiopia is dangerous, and is closed. Stay away from 50 kms or closer to the Eritrean border in Tigre and Afar. Border areas with Kenya, Somalia and Sudan are partly mined, and considered dangerous, and are best to avoid. Dangerous areas also include the middle and eastern parts of the Somali state (formerly Hararge district, including Ogaden), that are located east and south from Jijiga, and the Danakil basin in Afar, especially the parts, that are close to the Eritrean border".
Last edited by pecha72; 18 Jan 2012 at 11:59.