At Least 29 Demonstrators Wounded in Grenade Attack in Ambo Town

By Staff Reporter

Ambo-rallyFebruary 23, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- At least 29 demonstrators were wounded in a grenade attack on Sunday when they were heading to join the pro-Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rally in Ambo town of Oromia regional state.

The attack comes two days after Administrative and Security Affairs Head of Burayu town Solomon Tadesse was killed and three others wounded including police commander for special zones surrounding Addis Ababa city.

The Oromo police again accused members of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) called ‘Shene’ of hurling the device into a crowd of demonstrators who were riding horses to participate in the rally.

Oromoia Police Commissioner-General Ararssa Merdassa said except one all victims who suffered minor injury returned home after receiving treatment in Ambo town. Some horses the demonstrators used have also suffered injuries of varying magnitude, according to reports.

According to the commissioner-general, the majority of the victims are farmers and 23 of them came from different rural areas while the rest came Ambo town.

Police have apprehended six individuals allegedly for throwing the grenade on the demonstrators.

The attackers intended to discourage similar demonstrations that have been taking place in support of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the ruling Prosperity Party.

According to some observers, the OLF Shene wants to demonstrate that the government is ’weak’ and unable to maintain the rule of law.

Meanwhile, similar demonstrations were held in Adama city capital and Gugi zone in the Oromia regional state in support of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the ruling Prosperity Party.

The attack in Ambo is the second attempt by opposition forces to disrupt pro-Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rallies which have continued hitting the streets of towns and cities across Oromia regional.

It is recalled that early this week undisclosed numbers of people were injured amid clashes between supporters of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and opposition forces in Awaday town in west Harargae of Oromia region in eastern Ethiopia.

The clashes began when members of anti-government forces disrupted the pro-Prime Minister rally which was arranged by the town administration.

It must be noted that the campaign season set by the National Election Board of Ethiopia has not started. It is unknown if these activities are considered part of political campaigns and, hence, in violation of the electoral laws of the country.

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