Hand grenade attack kills two students in Ethiopia

Hand grenade attack kills two students, injures six others in Dilla University of southern Ethiopia

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Two students have been killed six others injured in a hand grenade attack in Dilla University of southern Ethiopia, police said, marking second incident after the mosque attack in three weeks.

An attacker threw a hand grenade on students in the campus at Dilla University in the diverse Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR) on Thursday evening, officers added.

Ethiopian officers have not given any other details of the attacker’s identification or the reason of the attack in a region where no remarkable unrest have been reported to date.

"The blast killed two students and wounded six, of which four were seriously injured," a police official in the town, Ejigu Shiferaw, told the state-run Ethiopian News Agency.

The attack came just 21 days after a bomb attack on a mosque in capital Addis Ababa which injured more than 20 prayers inside the temple.

No details has been released and no one has claimed responsibility for the mosque attack so far.

Ethiopian government blames rebel groups for the recent attacks carried out in the country, some groups located in south and southeast region as well as Al Shabab from neighbouring Somalia where Ethiopian troops have fought against the group since 2011 as part of an African Union peacekeeping mission.

In addition, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn promised to open up the country’s political system to allow more space for opposition parties when he was re-elected in October.

Nevertheless human rights groups repeatedly criticised Ethiopian government for human rights abuses and its unfair democratic system.

Peaceful protests generally have faced with police brutality and government crackdown in Ethiopia while many bloggers and journalists have been arrested related to country’s controversial anti-terrorism law.

Two Ethiopian senior opposition members have been arrested over suspicion of provoking protests against the government's plan to establish a new economic zone near the capital for displaced farmers, their party leader said on Friday.

Recently, two Ethiopian senior opposition members arrested over "suspicion of provoking protests."

At least 75 people had been killed this month during weeks of protests in Ethiopia by police brutality when soldiers and police fired on demonstrators according to Human Rights Watch.

Rights group said, "Instead of calling protesters ‘terrorists’, Ethiopia should rein in security forces and respect rights."

TRTWorld and agencies