Explosion rocks rally led by Ethiopia Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed

Nduta Waweru June 23, 2018

An explosion has disrupted a rally in Addis Ababa organised by the Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed.

The state broadcaster stated that a few people were injured in the explosion.

Photo: Twitter/Chief of Staff, Prime Minister Office, Ethiopia

The blast happened minutes after Ahmed finished addressing the massive crowd and was waving to the people. He was however whisked away by the security officers.

The Prime Minister was unhurt.

Rescue operations are ongoing.

Abiy Ahmed, the first Oromo to lead Ethiopia, has been carrying out large-scale reforms in the country, including releasing political prisoners, the opening of state-owned companies to private investment and trying to make amends to Eritrea.

Suspicions as to whether the explosion was an assassination attempt are rife and the police are treating it as such.

According to the Addis Standard, four people have been confirmed dead and 83 others injured following the explosion.

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