Footage from state TV reveals Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed seated on a stage. A blast rings out within the distance and his bodyguards rush him off the stage, unhurt.
“There have been just a few casualties, particulars shall be offered later,” authorities spokesman Ahmed Shide mentioned, including that it’s probably there are “just a few” deaths.
No less than 114 folks have been hospitalized with accidents, a few of them essential, mentioned Solomon Ali of Ethiopia Crimson Cross Society.
“It was very exhausting to switch wounded folks as a result of there have been dozens of 1000’s of individuals on the rally,” Ali mentioned.
The blast occurred after the 41-year-old chief completed giving a speech in entrance of 1000’s of supporters in Meskel Sq..
Ahmed was sworn in as prime minister in April on a platform to unite Ethiopians and enhance relations with neighboring Eritrea.