July 2, 2020 / 8:04 AM / a month ago

More than 80 dead in Ethiopian protests following killing of singer

Smoke rises over Addis Ababa skyline during protests following the fatal shooting of the Ethiopian musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 30, 2020, in this screengrab taken from a video. REUTERS/Stringer

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - More than 80 people have been killed in protests in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region during protests following the killing of a popular singer, a regional police commissioner told the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday.

The dead included 78 civilians and three members of the security forces, said Commissioner Bedassa Merdassa.

The number does not include any deaths in the capital Addis Ababa, where one policeman has been killed and an unspecified number of people were killed in three blasts on Tuesday. The singer was shot dead on Monday night.

Reporting by Dawit Endeshaw; Writing by Katharine Houreld

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