Ethiopian prime minister escapes rally grenade attack that kills one, wounds scores
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (JUNE 23,2018) REUTERS – Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed escaped a grenade attack on Saturday (June 23) at a rally in the capital that killed one person and left scores wounded, officials and witnesses said.
The attack was launched by an unidentified assailant moments after 41-year-old prime minister, a former soldier who took office in April, finished his speech to tens of thousands of people gathered in the centre of Addis Ababa.
Abiy was seen being whisked away off stage by security guards, as other people fled. Health Minister Amir Aman said one person was killed and 155 were wounded, with nine of them in critical condition.
Abiy had promised the crowd in his speech in Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square that he would bring more transparency to government and reconciliation to a nation of 100 million people that has been torn by protests since 2015.