9 injured in grenade attack on police camp in Ethiopia

14 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopian officials said Friday that more than 20 people linked to a prominent rebel group had been arrested after a grenade attack on a police camp that left nine injured, reports AFP.

The attack occurred Thursday evening in the town of Burayu, roughly 20 kilometres northwest of the capital, Addis Ababa, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.

The town is located in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, the epicentre of anti-government protests that fuelled the rise of Abiy Ahmed to the post of prime minister last year.

Those arrested so far are either members or supporters of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), according to a statement from the Oromia region’s communications office.

“We’ve arrested 22 people who are either members of OLF or sympathisers, and they are suspected of participation in the Burayu grenade attack,” said the statement, which was carried by the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation.