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Ethiopia: One dead and Dozens Hurt in Grenade Attack at Pro-PM Rally

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Ethiopian officials say one person has died and dozens more are injured, after an explosion at a huge political rally for the new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, BBC reports.

Mr Abiy described it as an "unsuccessful attempt by forces who do not want to see Ethiopia united".

He was whisked away immediately after the blast, thought to be from a grenade thrown amid thousands of people in Addis Ababa's Meskel Square.

The capital's deputy chief of police is in custody over security lapses.

A further eight policemen have been detained and are under investigation for failing to secure the site.

Ethiopia's health minister tweeted that one person had died and 156 were injured, 8 of them critically.

Mr Abiy only became prime minister after his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn unexpectedly resigned in February.


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