Ethiopia: ‘Several’ killed when police tear gased civilians during Oromia festival

A deadly stampede broke out after Ethiopian  police reportedly fired tear gas to break up an ethnic Oromo protest during a festival with several people killed south of the capital, Addis Ababa.

There were conflicting death toll reports following the stampede in Bishoftu on Sunday. An AFP photographer at the scene said he saw 15-20 unmoving bodies, some of whom were clearly dead.

And Associated Press report said “several dozens” have died.

“As a result of the chaos, lives were lost and several of the injured were taken to hospital,” the government communications office said in a statement, without giving exact figures. “Those responsible will face justice.”

Read More: Aljezeera

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