Video parlour blast in Ethiopia – BBC

September 3rd, 2008 Print Print Email Email

There has been a large explosion in the Ethiopian capital’s crowded Merkato business district where people gather socially after work.

The BBC’s Elizabeth Blunt in Addis Ababa says the blast happened in a video parlour.

A local radio station said that four people were killed and another 24 were wounded. The police have not released any figures.

Sporadic attacks are usually blamed on Eritrean-backed rebels.

Tensions between the two countries stem from Ethiopia’s failure to hand over the disputed border town of Badme, which a UN-backed commission awarded to Eritrea. (more…)

There has been a large explosion in the Ethiopian capital’s crowded Merkato business district where people gather socially after work.

The BBC’s Elizabeth Blunt in Addis Ababa says the blast happened in a video parlour.

A local radio station said that four people were killed and another 24 were wounded. The police have not released any figures.

Sporadic attacks are usually blamed on Eritrean-backed rebels.

Tensions between the two countries stem from Ethiopia’s failure to hand over the disputed border town of Badme, which a UN-backed commission awarded to Eritrea.

The two countries fought a bloody war between 1998 and 2000.

Our correspondent says the explosion happened at around 1700 local time (1400 GMT).

Lots of ambulances rushed to the scene – between the main Friday Mosque and bus station – and the whole area was cordoned off by police, she says.

  1. Estifanos
    | #1

    Reuter says… “Ethiopia experiences sporadic attacks caused by explosive devices in hotels or buses which it usually blames on neighbouring Eritrea.”

    There is no doubt that Eritrea is the breeding ground and save haven to different groups of terrorists against Ethiopia and other countries. Evil Issayas knows, he will never ever win a face to face battle against Ethiopia. And know he is doing this way with full skill and the Ethiopian govt and people must know it. The confrontation against Issayas must be changed and done aggressively and wisely. Waiting on the boarder is no more an option.

    Different Somali Islamic terrorists, backward Ogaden Islamic terrorists, primitive and savage Islamic OLF from the far southern part of Ethiopia, some confused oromos in the name of OLF despite that OLF they knew is now belongs to the southern Oromo clans and sub clans associating with Islamic extremism, and some others are sheltering in Eritrea for one goal which is attacking Ethiopia and killing innocent people. All of tem are living and working only for this purpose.

    Jobs to be done:

    1.The Ethiopian govt must stop their passive and meaningless support to the Eritrean oppositions that are more than ready to topple Issayas. Instead the Ethio govt must engage with direct and right support to assist the Eritrean Oppositions.

    The Sebhat Nega doctrine “fighting for Eritrea against Ethiopia evil and foolish political calculation ” must stop right now and right here. We know because of some reasons, the Ethiopian govt (Sebhat Nega-president of EFFORT, Abaye Tshay-Tigry president, his wife- sebhat’s sister and Mayer of Mekkele, may be the PM himself and others) are not engaging With Issayas the way it should be.

    2.The Ethiopian people must confront anyone in the country who is associating with any anti peace, development and security group.

    3. As we all know and saying many times, ER in DC is the number one media group working for Eritrea and those terrorist org in Eritrea to destroy Ethiopia. There is no doubt that this criminal in the name of blog is financed by Eritrea and those terrorists to spread their hate, destruction and anything they want to hurt Ethiopians.

    So, the govt, Ethiopians in the country and abroad must work together to eliminate the root cause of the problem, which is Issayas. Until now the Ethiopian govt is too reluctant and passive tackling this issue and from now on they must be active until the job is done, which is toppling the criminal Issayas. Issayas is gone means all those terrorist will not have a place let alone to organize against Ethiopia but even to hide for themselves
    Ethiopians in Abroad including the embassies need to do their jobs, too. The nr.1 and only hateful and mad Ethiopian Enemy blog ER must be stopped now rather than a second later. This blog is working for anti Ethiopian elements. Those so called Ethiopians in the name of Oppositions in abroad need to disassociate themselves from this blog and disallowed to write even a word about them. If not, they will be subjected as the enemy of Ethiopia.

    The day this hateful and anti Ethiopian blog is closed and the responsible is paying price, will be my best day. Because, ER is working for money serving anti Ethiopian elements including Eritrea.

    We have to thank and appreciate those blogs including this one I’m on for serving as neutral from subjective elements but always strait and firm about the Ethiopian unity, security, and prosperity. No matter what, the country and the people maters must be always first.

  2. ANDINET
    | #2

    STIFO.
    I AM 100% WITH YOU. BUT DO NOT FORGET WE ETHIOPIANS ARE SO DEVIDED NOT BY WOYANE BUT BY THOES PPL WHO IS IN THE WEST. THEY HAVE NO SUPPORT FOR OUR GOVERNEMENT. EVERY TIME YOU SEE THEM BLAME GAME. BUT ERITREANS ARE SO UNITED WHEN YOU COMES TO THERE COUNTRY AND THERE SICK PIA.HAWEVER I HAVE A BIG RESPEACT FOR THE ERITREANS THEY ARE CAPABLE TO DEVIDED US. SIMPLY THEY TRY TO SAY AMARA IS GOOD THAN TIGRY TO LEAD ETHIOPIA BLA BLA.
    BUT IN REALITY THEY DONT CARE ABOUT ETHIOPIA ANY MORE. SO TO BE STRONG WE MAST BE UNITED LIKE THE TURK OR ERITREANS IF NOT WE MAST DEVIDED INTO 3 OR 5 STAE AND THAT WILL BE BETTER. COZ ME MY SLFE I HATE TO HEAR SOME AMARAS COMING HERE TO INSULT TIGRAIANS AS IF TIGRIANS DONT CARE ABOUT THERE COUNTRY ETHIOPIA0SAHE ON YOU GUYS BUT THE TRUTH IS ITS ALL ABOUT POWER NOT FIRST ETHIOPIA. SHAME ON YOU AGAIN. I HATE TO BE CALLED ETHIOPIAWI WITH JELOUS ETHIOPIANS.

  3. mitmita
    | #3

    Estifanos well said bro
    But let me shade some light to your TPLF theory madness. Shabya and Woyane are the same mafia family who are anti ETHIOPIAWINET

    Estifanos “under cover woyane”
    You sound like you care about Ethiopia but your articles clearly indicates you are a true TPLF cadres who is scared of his master Meles might come dawn from his power so your plan is to blake Shabya

    I am Ethiopian and would love to see both Shabya and Woyane destroed for good
    AMEN

  4. Estifanos
    | #4

    Dear andnet:

    I agree with you. But being Eritreans are united is a very wrong assumption. I have a very good friend who is a Tigre (the biggest Ethnic group in Eritrea) and I know very well that Eritreans are more divided, hated, and with many other troubles among themselves than what ever else let alone Ethiopia. We Ethiopians from all corner of the country are bonding with the country except the few troublemakers. Especially the last two/ three years the bond is growing and getting strong. But Eritreans seem are united comes only from one Ethnic group (Tigrigna-Issayas belongs to). What about the Kunamas, Tigres, Naras, Bilens, Rashidas, Denkalis, Sahos, Afars, Bejas and the rest Ethnic groups living in Eritrea? So, the Eritrean situation is like dergue soldier, when issays is gone the country fallen apart with in a second. .

    To the hot Mitmita:
    Boy: you have no idea who I’m. If you don’t like my writing you can criticise my idea, bit not me as a person. The thing is, we have to choose the right pads, which are peace, respect, togetherness and the likes to solve our differences. Only peace makes a wild animal domestic. So, think about it rather than associating me with Woyane or the likes. It doesn’t matter what you are saying about me. The truth is I love Ethiopia more than anything else including my life. Gebah! Agenghew Netbun?

  5. Surafel
    | #5

    Estifanos, Andenet:

    It looks like the TPLF Ministry of Diaspora is alive and well. You two are writing so much, I am afraid you will get a dislocated arm or wrist. Please be aware that no matter what or how much you and the likes of you say or write; Ethiopians know who the real culprit is. TPLF is a terrorist organization and will remain so till it is kicked out by force and the likes of you thrown to the dumps of history.

    HODAM HULA!

  6. sekokaw beza
    | #6

    Bravo Surafel………..

  7. Estifanos
    | #7

    Surafel:

    I love to write day and night to solve problems in easy and the right ways than be hateful and angry like you creating chaos and destruction among the poor and innocent Ethiopians for your own benefit. What are you doing? Getting power by force and act the same way the evil dergue Ministers and officials did which is nonsense talk, chat, drink and the likes is over for good in our country.
    No poor farmer, his children, wife, property and life will suffer again because of you stupid living in the west a meaningless life and you want to use them to burn like a charcoal for your interest. You are saying force. What force are you talking about? You mean those innocents in the country that are trying their best to survive the day in a day to day life to die for you? That will never happen. I was born and grown up by these people and I will never ever allow stupid like you who is grown up in impoverished cities and towns doing and knowing nothing about the country to use them this way. Do you know the nature of the farmers’ way of life? I’m sure, you don’t. If you know, you wouldn’t think and say about them the way you are here.
    Because 85% the country is living in the rural area and in a war they are the most to suffer.

    I’m an Ethiopian born and grown up in Gojam. So, don’t tell me about using force. I know it. But I used force to defend the country from outside invaders. But not solving a quarrel between brothers and sisters. No matter what you bastard think, the people of Tigry and let say Gojam have the same culture, Religion, custom, eating the same food, dressing the same cloth and the likes. So, are you trying to make these sisters and brothers fight against each other because of handful individuals among them are doing something wrong?

    No, as I see change in the govt side towards a united and one Ethiopia effort, I will be part of it. With peace, discussion and togetherness feeling, we will make together Ethiopia a strong and safe country.
    Force will never have place in Ethiopia anymore.

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