Security beefed in Ethiopian capital as protests over assassination of popular musician claimed over 80 lives

The security was beefed up in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday, July 1 as armed gangs, in a second day of unrest, roamed neighbourhoods.

The unrest sparked over the assassination of popular musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa on Monday night, June 29, claimed more than 80 lives, including 78 civilians and three members of the security forces. The protests spread from Addis Ababa, where a policeman was also killed, to the surrounding Oromiya region. Three explosions in Addis Ababa caused an unspecified number of deaths, said the regional police commissioner Bedassa Merdassa on Wednesday, July 2.

Famed for his political songs, Hundeessaa had been considered a voice for Ethiopia’s Oromo ethnic group and his death has caused a unrest in the region. Expressing condolences over his demise, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that investigation was underway.

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