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At least four killed in Wuchale after clash between police and youth

Wuchale _ Ethiopia
Wuchale is in Wollo along Addis Ababa-Mekelle road. Picture: google map of the region

August 16, 2019

At least four people were reportedly killed in the historic town of Wuchale, South Wollo Zone, in north-central Ethiopia.  And several people sustained gunshot wounds.

According to a report by DW Amharic, it happened on Thursday following a clash between police and youth group in the town.

Eyewitnesses in the town told DW Amharic that Youth in the town protested that land for the purpose of residential house construction should not be given to public servants in the city.

Some residents of the town who claim to be an eye witness say that six people were killed by police and the number of those who sustained wounds is 12.

“I have seen three people dying after they were shot by bullets fire from within the police station,” a resident told DW Amharic.

Amhara regional state Special Forces were mobilized and deployed to the town to ease tension on Thursday after the incident, and relative calm is restored.

However, the regional police commissioner, Abere Adamu, reportedly said yesterday that he did not have details about the incident and that a team is mobilized and deployed to the town to investigate it.

Funerals for four victims took place on Friday in the town.

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  1. I’ve been praying for the end of news of such very sad news of young people being shot to death for right or wrong reason. But so far it has been just temporary relief. But still I’m not giving up! I’m not gonna stop praying. As a father of two priceless children grown up now, such news agonize me. These now dead youths were as young as I used to be many decades ago but they are now denied even one more day to live. Woe! Woe! Woe!!! When will mothers and father will no longer cry their hearts out for their gunned down children. They have been in constant grief in the middle of the 1970’s. Woe!!! Woe My Beloved Old Country!!! Woe!!!


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