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Death toll in Ethiopia grenade attack now at 2

The attack was launched on Saturday moments after new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed finished his speech to tens of thousands of people gathered at a political rally in the centre of the capital.

Ethiopian security forces intervene on Meskel Square in Addis Ababa on 23 June 2018 where a blast killed at least 2 people during a rally called by the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The death toll following a grenade attack in Ethiopia has risen to two.

The attack was launched on Saturday moments after new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed finished his speech to tens of thousands of people gathered at a political rally in the centre of the capital.

He was whisked away immediately after the blast amid thousands of people in Addis Ababa's Meskel Square.
Over 150 people were hurt in the blast with eight seriously injured.

A deputy commissioner of the Addis Ababa Police Commission has been arrested and is being investigated for shortcomings in security after a grenade attack.

A further eight policemen have been detained and are under investigation for failing to secure the site. Ahmed only became Prime Minister after his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn unexpectedly resigned in February.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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