Ethiopia: Grenade attack caused blast at rally for PM Abiy Ahmed

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Saturday June 23, 2018 - 16:17:34 in by Abdikarim Saed Salah
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    Ethiopia: Grenade attack caused blast at rally for PM Abiy Ahmed

    Adiss Ababa (Horseednews.com) One person killed, scores wounded after grenade attack hits large rally of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa.

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Adiss Ababa (Horseednews.com) One person killed, scores wounded after grenade attack hits large rally of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa.

An explosion has struck a large rally by supporters of Ethiopia's new, reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa, killing at least one person and wounding dozens of others.

Abiy had just wrapped up his speech at the capita's Meskel Square before tens of thousands of people on Saturday when the explosion went off, sending droves of supporters towards the stage as the prime minister left hurriedly.

In an address broadcast afterwards on state television, Abiy said the blast was orchestrated by groups who wanted to undermine the rally but did not name them.

"The people who did this are anti-peace forces. You need to stop doing this. You weren't successful in the past and you won't be successful in the future."

He said several people had been killed, but Ethiopia's Health Minister later adjusted that statement, saying one person had passed away at Addis Ababa's Black Lion Hospital.

In an earlier post on Twitter, Fitsum Arega, the prime minister's chief of staff, said unidentified assailants launched a grenade attack on the rally.

"Some whose heart is filled with hate attempted a grenade attack. HE PM Abiy is safe. All the casualties are martyrs of love & peace. HE PM sends his condolences to the victims. The perpetrators will be brought to justice," Fitsum said.

Al Jazeera's Dereje Berhanu witnessed the explosion while attending the rally atMeskel Square in the capital.

"I was in front of the stage when the blast occurred to my right. We rush to that direction to see what happened and I saw people seriously wounded and blood all around that area," Dereje reported.

"Police said more than 100 people were wounded and 15 of them were admitted to hospital with serious injuries," he added.

Footage of the rally showed Abiy being rushed from the scene by security guards.




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