2 people confirmed dead after bomb exploded at political rally yesterday, Police deputy commissioner arrested


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.

Meanwhile, another bomb exploded at yet another political rally yesterday in Zimbabwe, just after President Mnangagwa finished his speech.

The Health Minister in Zimbabwe, David Parirenyatwa, has confirmed that at least 41 people have been severely hurt in a blast that hit a rally held by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday.

The health minister says there were no fatalities in the blast while many of the wounded are being treated in hospital.

The attack has received widespread condemnation from other countries around the world.

Locally, the African National Congress (ANC) has condemned the detonation of the explosive device in Zimbabwe and the deadly blast that occurred at a rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In a statement released on Sunday, the ANC says it views it as “barbaric and cowardice acts” of assassination attempts and deliberate ploys to destabilise and create disunity.

The United States has meanwhile condemned the Zimbabwean attack, saying political violence in any form is “unacceptable” and contrary to the progress needed to move the country forward. The British embassy has also tweeted a similar statement.

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