The kidnappers of Dembi Dolo university students that were kidnapped in Oromia finally caught Dembi Dollo, formerly Sayo or Saïo, is a market town and separate woreda in south-western Ethiopia. It is the capital of Kelam Welega Zone of the Oromia Region. This town has a latitude and longitude of 8°32′N 34°48′E with an elevation between 1701 and 1827 meters above sea level. By 1958 Dembi Dollo became one of 27 places in Ethiopia ranked as First Class Township. That same year, the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia opened a branch in the town. The last military action of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) before the demise of the Derg 1991 occurred at Dembi Dollo, when some of its units reportedly killed more than 700 government soldiers.Afterwards, the OLF assumed civilian control of Dembi Dollo and its surrounding territory. However, when the OLF found that their efforts to field candidates in the rest of the Oromia region were frustrated by the Oromo Peoples' Democratic Organization the OLF withdrew from the government in 1992. This proved to be a disaster for the OLF, as EPRDF forces captured Dembi Dollo and forcibly drove the OLF membership into exile. Currently a modern water supply system is under construction in the town and will be completed by October 2017 The 2007 national census reported a total population for this town of 29,448, of whom 15,144 were men and 14,304 were women. The majority of the inhabitants were Protestants, with 58.23% reporting that as their religion, while 30.14% observed Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, 8.81% observed Islam, and 2.07% were Catholic.