6 dead as protests surge again in Ethiopia: Official

6 dead as protests surge again in Ethiopia: Official

 October 12 
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — (Washingtonpost) — An Ethiopian official says protests in the restive Oromia region left six people dead Wednesday as anti-government demonstrations return to some parts of the East African country.Oromia regional official Abiy Ahmed says more than 30 people were injured in clashes in Shashamane town and an area called Boke. He did not say who was responsible for the killings.Blogger and university lecturer Seyoum Teshome says more than 15,000 people rallied again Thursday in Wolisso town against the country’s ruling elite. He says it was mostly peaceful.

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.