A group of gunmen attacked a school bus killing seventeen and taking three women hostage before opening fire on responding police officers according to Ethiopian news sources. Early news accounts assert that the students were forced to lie on the ground before being methodically executed by the gunmen. Though no group has been identified as carrying out the attack at this point, terrorists have attacked school buses on numerous occasions outside of the United States. School buses are typically soft targets and are difficult to protect from carefully planned attacks as we have seen since the first reported attack on a school bus by the Palestinian Liberation Organization in the state of Israel more than fifty years ago.
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