US Citizen Killed Outside Ethiopia’s Capital

The U.S. embassy in Ethiopia says an American citizen has died after being hit with a rock in an area near the capital where there have been anti-government protests.

In a statement, the embassy said a passenger van was “hit by rocks thrown by unknown individuals” on the outskirts of Addis Ababa late Tuesday afternoon. “One of the passengers, a U.S. citizen, was struck by a rock and subsequently died from her injury,” it added.

No other details were provided.

Ethiopia has experienced months of sometimes violent anti-government protests. On Sunday, at least 52 people were killed in a stampede after police fired teargas and warning shots to disperse protesters at a religious festival.

Sporadic protests initially sparked by a land dispute have taken place in the Oromiya region since last November.

The government has faced criticism from opponents and rights groups that it has trampled on political freedoms.

This Article was Originally published in the VOA

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