Dozens injured at a pro-Abiy rally in Ethiopia

Dozens injured at a pro-Abiy rally in Ethiopia

At least 29 people have been injured in an attack at a political rally in support of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in central Ethiopia, according to a regional police head. The prime minister himself was not there.

Police say six suspects have been arrested following the attack on the rally in Ambo town on Sunday. Oromia Regional State Police Commissioner Ararsa Merdesa is quoted by the state-run Ethiopian News Agency as saying it was a grenade attack.

The rally had been organized by officials in Ambo, according to AFP news agency.

Political tension is high as Ethiopia gears up for elections in August. Violence arising from ethnic differences is threatening to undermine reforms initiated by the prime minister.

In June 2018, two people died after a grenade attack disrupted a rally in Addis Ababa in support of his reform agenda.

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