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.

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