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Ethiopian Police Arrests Rioters in Addis Ababa

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Addis-Ababa-RiotSeptember 14, 2018 - Ethiopian Police on Friday arrested unspecified members of Ethinc Oromo and Addis Ababa city dwellers who were allegedly involved in inciting violence in some parts of the capital, Addis Ababa.

The majority of the people were apprehended by the federal police at Arada sub city where they clashed with the city dwellers who claimed the Oromo nationals were heading to demolish Minilik II monument.

On Friday, anti-riot police have tightened security around Saint George Church where they used tear gas to disperse the rioters while the members of national defence forces patrol the capital with snipers

Ethiopian Defense Forces Celebrate New Year in Mekelle

Defense-celebration-Mekelle-EthiopiaSeptember 8, 2018 - The Ethiopian National Defense Force North Division celebrated the Ethiopian New Year in Mekelle yesterday.

In attendance were President of Ethiopia Mulatu Teshome, Tigray Deputy Administrator Dr Debretsion Gebremichael, and Chief or Staff of National Defense Force Saare Mekonnen.

President Mulatu called on the National Defense Force to scale-up efforts to defending peace, the constitution, and sovereignty of the country.

Dr Debretsion Gebremichael said the Defense Force of Ethiopia is fulfilling its responsibilities given to it by the people and government of Ethiopia.

Lightning Strike Kills Two People in Northeastern Ethiopia

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Lightning-strike-Afar-EthiopiaSeptember 3, 2018 - Lightning strikes killed two people in Afar regional state in northeastern part of Ethiopia and claimed the lives of sheeps and goats.

The strike occurred around 10 PM yesterday at Fanti Resu Golina district of the regional state, one of Ethiopia’s developing regional states, with majority arid and semi-arid climate conditions.

It also claimed the lives of two sheep and 45 goats.

According to information reached to, the lightning strikes occurred in two places but within the same district.

Two people, six goats and two sheeps were ki

Ethiopian Airspace Safe and Secure - Aviation Authority

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Bole-International-AirportSeptember 3, 2018 - Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority says its airspace remains “very safe” and “highly secure” amid continuing strike by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Air Traffic Controllers.

The Ethiopian air traffic controllers have been on strike since August 21, 2018, after disputes over pay and employment benefits.

Promotion and Public Relations Manager with the Authority, Anmut Lemma, told on Monday that the air traffic controlling works are going on smoothly with the remaining workers and by those employees who  discontinued the strike.


Bail Denied to Former President of Ethiopian Somali Regional State

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Abdi-Illey-in-courtAugust 30, 2018 - The Ethiopian Federal High Court on Thursday denied bail to former President of the Ethiopian Somali regional state, Abdi Mohammed Omer, a.k.a Abdi Illey, and three other former senior officials of the state.

Abdi Illey and other defendants were accused of committing human rights violations as well as instigating ethnic and religion based violence in which more than 50 people were reportedly killed and tens of thousands displaced.

Police charged the suspects for allegedly causing displacement of members of non-Somali ethnic groups by instigating ethnic-based attacks by the Somali youth g

Helicopter Crashes Killing 18 People Near Bishoftu, Ethiopia

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Helicopter-Crash-Bishoftu-EthiopiaAugust 30, 2018 - Eighteen people were killed in military helicopter crash on Thursday near the town of Bishoftu in Eastern Shewa zone, about 50 km south east of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Zonal Police PR Head, Commander Aschalew Alemu said four children and women were among the dead.

According to the head, the plane crashed after it caught fire for unknown reasons.

The plane was on its way from the city of Dire Dawa in the east to the central town of Bishoftu where the Ethiopian Air Force is based.

Bodies of all 18 people who were on board the plane h

Bomb Blast Investigation Continues; Weapons, OLF Flag Found in Suspect Residence

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Bomb-Blast-InvestigationAugust 24, 2018 - In a surprise move, Ethiopia’s federal police have focused its investigation on few suspects including Tesfaye Urgae, a senior official of the Anti-terrorism department with the Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), on involvement of a grenade attack at Pro-Prime Minister’s rally in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Police on Thursday requested the federal first instance court in Addis Ababa for an additional 14 days to finish their investigation on Tesfaye Urge, who has allegedly worked with other suspects abroad and inside the country in recruiting perpetrators an

Ethiopia Arrests over 170 People for Violence in Oromia Region

170-arrested-Oromia-EthiopiaAugust 21, 2018 - Ethiopian police have arrested over 170 people in Oromia regional state following deadly ethnic clashes, Fana Broadcasting corporate reports.

The suspects are accused of various crimes including promoting violence, illegal grabbing of land and properties, and ethnically motivated attacks.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has recently warned that lawlessness and inciting violence in the name of freedom will not be tolerated.

Youth vigilantes in various parts of the country, including in Oromia, have taken the law unto themselves and committed murders and destroyed properties, displacing

Ethiopian Police Seizes 1000 Smuggled Pistols, 37,000 Bullets

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Smuggled-weapons-EthiopiaAugust 18, 2018 - The Ethiopian Federal Police says it has seized more than 1000 pistols and 37,000 bullets as they were smuggled to Addis Ababa from neighboring Sudan.

Part of the unlawful weapons were captured at the capital’s northern gate popularly known as Tsion Hotel in Gulelle sub city, while the other portion was apprehended in Kolefe Keranio sub city of the metropolis, the police said on Friday

The armaments were trafficked in a fuel truck and Isuzu, and the origination was, according to the federal police officer, Sudan.

According to the federal police, the fue

Ethnic Attacks Continue to Erupt in Ethiopia, Latest in Mizan Tepi Town

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Ethnic-clashes-continue-EthiopiaAugust 14, 2018 - Ethnic based attack and conflict continues to erupt in many parts of Ethiopia, the latest occurred in Mizan Tepi in South Nations Nationalities and Peoples State where unconfirmed deaths were reported on Tuesday.

Roads linking Metu, Masha and Tepi towns were blocked by Shaka ethnic groups, affecting movement of people and vehicles. has learnt that at least five people are wounded and are being treated in Tepi hospital in after the attack.

About 80 people on Tuesday voiced their concern over the violence and the death of people in Tepi and nei

Ethiopian Court Releases Suspects of Grenade Attack on Bail

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Grenade-attack-addis-ababaAugust 14, 2018 - The Ethiopian Federal First Instance Court on Tuesday released 16 suspects of the grenade attack that killed at least two people and wounded over 150 others during a pro-Prime Minister rally at Mesqal Square in Addis Ababa on June 23, 2018.

Deputy Head of the Addis Ababa Police Girma Kassa was one of the suspects freed on bail after the prosecutor announced their release on bail would not create any pressure on its investigation.

Accordingly, First defendant Girma Kassa, Deputy Commissioner of the Addis Ababa Police, was released on bail of Birr 15,000, and other five de

Ethiopia to Charge Additional Suspects in Bomb Blast

Bomb-blast-addis-ababaAugust 10, 2018 - The Ethiopian Federal Attorney General will charge two additional suspects in connection with grenade attack on June 23, 2018 at rally attended by PM Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa, according to ENA.

The government disclosed the suspects as Beyene Ruda and Abdisa Megerssa, according to the report.

The Federal Attorney General has also requested the court for additional 14 days to compile evidences, of which seven days was granted. The court has ordered the investigations to end by August 15, 2018.

Earlier Abdisa Kenene, Desalegn Tesfaye, Getu Girma, Bahiru Tola, and Hiwot Geda were charged with taking part

Ethiopians in Gonder Protest Death of Simegnew Bekele

Simegnew-BekeleJuly 28, 2018 - Ethiopians are mourning the death of celebrated dam engineer, Simegnew Bekele. Hundreds of Ethiopians demanded justice on Friday for his death. The project manager of the $4 billion dam was found shot dead inside a locked car with a pistol laying next to him.

Nothing is known yet on whether this is murder or suicide. Ethiopian police is investigating the nature of death, but has not disloced any information yet.

The Grand Renaissance Dam is to be Africa's biggest dam and Ethiopia plans to be the biggest exporter of power in Africa up on its completion. The government has touted the project as a symbol of un

Two Inmates Killed in Prison Violence in Ethiopia; Several Injured

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Mekelle-Prison-EthiopiaJuly 26, 2018 - At least two people have been killed and several others injured in violence breakouts in various prison centers across Ethiopia, a senior official disclosed on Wednesday.

The riots broke out on Tuesday as inmates demanded for release following the amnesty law enacted by the parliament recently.

The controversial law which was proposed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed grants amnesty for dissidents charged with crimes such as treason and attacking the government.

“Over the past two days, inmates attempted to escape by lighting fires in the prisons and through creating violence

Over 900,000 People Displaced Due to Ethnic Conflict in Ethiopia

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Thousands-displaced-EthiopiaJuly 23, 2018 - Over 900,000 people have been displaced from areas bordering Guji and Gedeo zones in Southern Ethiopia following the violence that erupted along the regional boundary between Oromia and Southern Ethiopia in mid April, a senior official said

A rapid assessment conducted in Gedeo zone reveals that more than 900,000 people were displaced from West Guji (Oromia) to Gedeo zone following the violence, Mitiku Kassa, National Disasters and risk Management Commissioner, told journalists on Monday

Although there were no reported health outbreaks so far, AWD, scabies and measles are

Ethiopian Security Forces Seized Smuggled Weapons

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Weapons-seized-EthiopiaJuly 23, 2018 - Several weapons and bullets were captured as they were being smuggled from neighboring Sudan and Djibouti to central part of Ethiopia, a senior police officer said.

Zeynu Gemal, Commissioner General of Ethiopia’s Federal Police Commission, said various weapons including pistols, kalashnikovs and machine guns, as well as about 80,000 ammunitions, were seized in a joint operation carried out by security forces recently.

“About 1000 personal and group arms were seized and yesterday (Friday) alone by the joint security forces. 234 pistols and 17,000 bullets were captured in the

Following Controversial Move, Addis Ababa City Gets New Deputy Mayor

Takele-Umma-Addis-AbabaJuly 19, 2018 - Addis Ababa city got a new deputy mayor this week following the depature of the outgoing mayor Diriba Kuma, according to the reporter. Takele Umma (Eng.) was named deputy mayor of the city and will lead the city starting this week.

The appointment follows a recent, questionable maneuver where the city charter was changed to allow a person who is not a member of the city council to be deputy mayor of the city. This is the first time such a step was taken in city history.

Pursuant to the recently amended the Addis Ababa City Charter, the outgoing Mayor of the City, Diriba Kuma, passed the reins to Takele Umma (Eng.),

Mob Attacks Vehicle Carrying Officials in Debremarkos

Bereket-Simon-Migbaru-KebereJuly 11, 2018 - Protesters in Debremarkos town, Amhara Regional State in Ethiopia, attacked a hotel and set a vehicle on fire, according to local police report. The vehicle that was attacked was believed to have used by Bereket Simonand Migbaru Kebere, two high officials from the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM).

Bereket Simon is deputy head of the Policy Study and Research Center and Communications Minister and Migbaru Kebere is member of the Central Committee of ANDM, according to Nigusu Tilahun, head of the Amhara Regional State Communications Affairs Office.

According to the report, the mob was d

Two Killed in Ethnic Skirmishes in Assosa, Ethiopia

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Assosa-EthiopiaJune 27, 2018 - At least two people were killed and several others injured on Wednesday in ethnic conflict in Assosa town, the capital of Benishangul Gumuz regional state of Ethiopia, where commercial activities have been also disrupted.

The ethnic skirmish was reportedly underway between Oromo and other ethnic youth mainly by throwing stones.

Dinsa Beyene, head of the regional state’s justice, administration and security bureau told reporters that effort is underway to bring the violence under control in Asossa town.

Dinsa said at least 15 people were injured by stone throwing grou

FBI Begins Investigation on Bomb Blast in Addis Ababa

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Gilbert-Kaplan-USJune 26, 2018 - A 16 member of FBI team has begun its investigation on the recent bomb blast occured during a pro Prime Minister rally at Addis Ababa’s Mesqel Square, a Senior Police Commissioner announced.

In a presser on Monday, Federal Police Commissioner-General Zeynu Jemal said the FBI team of the United States will jointly be working with Federal Police, Addis Ababa Police Commission, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), and Federal Attorney General.

“Several countries from Europe, Asia and Africa have expressed interest in participating in the investigation. FB


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