Nearly 30 injured in bombing at rally for Ethiopian PM

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Police arrest six suspects following attack

James Tasamba   |24.02.2020

KIGALI, Rwanda

Nearly 30 people were injured Sunday in a bombing at a rally in support of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, said police.

“The bomb attack on a rally for Dr. Abiy injured 29 people,” the state-run Ethiopian News Agency reported, quoting Arasa Merdasa, the top police official in Ethiopia’s Oromia region.

Noting that 28 of the injured were treated and discharged, Arasa said police had arrested six suspects following the attack.

Ethiopia’s electoral board is preparing for parliamentary polls scheduled for Aug. 29.

The formal campaign period will begin in May.

Arasa said the attack was likely carried out by the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), the breakaway armed wing of the Oromo Liberation Front opposition party, according to the report.

Local media reported that Abiy did not attend Sunday’s rally, which was organized by officials in Ambo, located roughly 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of the capital.

The attack occurred two days after the assassination of a top security official in Burayu, another town in Oromia, which was also blamed on the OLA.

Friday’s attack also injured three people, according to local media.

There has been persistent ethnic violence since Abiy was appointed in 2018, casting doubt on whether the elections will be peaceful and credible.

But Abiy, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his efforts in reconciling with Ethiopia’s neighbor and longtime foe Eritrea, has promised to ensure a free and fair vote.

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2 Responses to Nearly 30 injured in bombing at rally for Ethiopian PM

  1. PM Abiy is good for nothing, source of BAD news , he should resign , he is not worth all these SACRIFICES.

    People are dieing just because he liked to feel like a CELEBrity . This SUNDAY night TOO MUCH glorifying him went on in his church at Addis Ababa about the Ambo PEOPLE that supported him and got bombed for doing so ,

    The church leader said if only Addis Ababa was part of Oromia all these violence would have been averted by now , by STOPing limiting protests from taking place effectively AS protests and many political gatherings of Balderas ARE limited in Addis Ababa. Effectively. THE church leader and his followers WERE praising this incident as a proof of ABIY’s divine appointment PLACE of being a king of Ethiopia until election, WHICH all sacrifices are being made to keep him as a King .despite the many calls from other politicians for him to resign.

    Lagi
    February 24, 2020 at 5:03 am
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  2. This is not good. It is a savage terrorist act and must be unequivocally condemned.

    Ittu Aba Farda
    February 26, 2020 at 10:28 pm
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