Burayu police garrison bomb attack, 22 suspects arrested

Burayu _ Addis Ababa
Buraryu town. Photo : Fana

borkena
September 13, 2019

A grenade attack on police garrison in Burayu town, a town in the outskirts of Addis Ababa left nine people injured, according to a report on Friday by state media Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC).  One of the victims is a woman who is said to be not a police officer but provides food service to the police.

According to EBC, the attack happened around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday as the Ethiopian New Year was being celebrated across the country.

Most of the victims of the attack were taken to a police hospital in the capital Addis Ababa and were discharged the same day.

EBC cited Oromo regional state Communications Affairs Office to report that about 22 people are arrested in connection with the incident, and an investigation is going on.

Identities of the individuals in custody are not released but so far it is established that the alleged suspects are linked to the armed wing of the radical Oromo nationalist group – Shene or Oromo Liberation Front.

About a year ago, the town of Burayu was a scene of ethic based massacre targeting non-ethnic Oromo Ethiopians.  At least 60 people were reportedly killed. At the time, residents of Addis Ababa took to the street demanding government to protect citizens from radical ethno-nationalists.



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