Ethiopian grenade attack – 30 arrests


Thirty people were arrested over alleged involvement in a grenade attack that killed two people at a rally in the Ethiopian capital attended by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, police said.

More than 150 were wounded in Saturday’s attack, moments after Abiy finished a speech in Meskel Square in Addis Ababa.

The rally, attended by tens of thousands, was in support of Abiy’s push for radical political and economic reforms, including a peace deal with regional arch-enemy Eritrea.

Security officials have not said publicly who might be responsible for the attack.

Health Minister Amir Aman said on Twitter as of 2.30pm local time on Sunday, two people died and there were 156 wounded, with six critical.
“I’m so sorry to learn we have lost another victim of yesterday’s attack,” he said.

Nine police officials, including the deputy head of Addis Ababa’s police commission, were arrested for what authorities said were security lapses.
“The number of suspects in custody for involvement in the attack in Meskel Square has now reached 30,” Zeinu Jemal, head of the Federal Police Commission, told the state-owned Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation. Zeinu did not give further details.