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One dead, scores injured in grenade blast at Ethiopia PM's rally
|Last Edited||IndyGeorgia Jun 23, 2018 10:43pm|
|News Date||Saturday, June 23, 2018 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||One person died and scores of others were hurt after a grenade blast at new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s first mass rally in the capital that sent crowds fleeing in panic. |
Abiy had just wrapped up his speech before tens of thousands of people in the heart of Addis Ababa when the explosion went off, sending droves of supporters towards the stage as the prime minister left hurriedly, an AFP correspondent said.
In an address broadcast afterwards on state television, Abiy said the incident was orchestrated by groups who wanted to undermine the rally, but he 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.”
Health Minister Amir Aman said on Twitter that 154 people were injured and another had died, without giving further details.
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