In a separate account from the Ethiopian News Agency, the government claims that OLF central committee member Legesse Wegi was killed Wednesday in fighting in Wollega.
Dawud could not confirm the reported death of Legesse.
Following Ethiopian government media accounts of the arrest of more than a dozen alleged leaders of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front in Addis, OLF chairman Dawud Ebsa told Namo Dandi of the Afan Oromo service that he does not know who was arrested in Addis on Wednesday. Dawud spoke from OLF headquarters in neighboring Eritrea.
Ethiopian Television broadcast footage late Wednesday night of some individuals identified as men captured along with a collection of assault rifles.Dawud told VOA he saw the television coverage but does not recognize any of the men he saw on television.
When ENA reported the death of Legesse they claimed he was linked to the bombings of two NOC gas stations and a mini-bus taxi in Addis in recent months.The National Intelligence Security Service and the Federal Police have cooperated on an anti-terrorist sweep of the city that began on Wednesday.