6 dead as protests surge again in Ethiopia: Official
Ethiopia in August lifted a 10-month state of emergency imposed after widespread protests.
Oromia is the country’s largest federal state and has seen large anti-government protests since the end of 2015. Rights groups say several hundred people were killed in a government crackdown.
Car crash kills 8 in central Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) — A road accident in North Shoa zone, Ethiopia’s central Oromia regional state, killed eight people, a local official said Thursday.
Enyewe Ferede, North Shoa zone crime prevention division deputy head, told journalists the accident happened at around 7 p.m. Wednesday when two passenger buses collided.
Seven other people who were injured in the accident have been taken to health clinics and hospitals.
Ferede said police is investigating the cause of the car crash.
Despite having one of the lowest per capita car ownerships in the world, deadly traffic accidents in Ethiopia are fairly common with bad roads, flawed driving license issuance system and lax enforcement of road safety blamed for the high fatalities.
With a growing economy and a rising middle class, the East African nation has for the past several years also recorded an average of 11 percent growth in vehicle numbers.