Four killed in bomb blast in Ethiopia

November 6, 2013 

(Reuters) – Four people were killed when a bomb blast tore through a minibus in western Ethiopia late on Tuesday, at about the same time that the government warned of imminent attacks by militants, an official said.

The official, speaking to Reuters on Wednesday, said nobody had claimed responsibility for the blast.

Addis Ababa put its security forces on heightened alert on Tuesday night after receiving strong evidence that Somalia’s Islamist al Shabaab group was plotting assaults.

It was not clear whether the blast occurred before or after that warning.

“The bomb exploded on Tuesday inside a minibus travelling in Segno Gebeya,” government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said, referring to a region bordering Sudan.

“No one has claimed responsibility yet. The case is under investigation.”

The warning came three weeks after officials said two Somali suicide bombers accidentally blew themselves up while preparing for an attack on football fans during Ethiopia’s World Cup qualifying match against Nigeria.

Al Shabaab has warned Ethiopia of revenge attacks for deploying troops inside Somalia to fight the al Qaeda-linked militants, alongside African Union forces from Uganda, Burundi and Kenya.

The National Intelligence and Security Service also urged the public on Tuesday to inform police if they encountered “suspicious” activity, and urged hotel staff and private landlords to verify the identity of visitors.

Al Shabaab gunmen killed at least 67 people in September when they raided a mall in the neighboring Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Addis Ababa says it has foiled several attacks in the past few years planned by domestic rebel groups and Somali insurgents.

There have also been sporadic explosions in recent years. Thirteen people were wounded when an explosive device ripped through a bus in the north in 2010, while a bomb explosion near a court in the capital injured two in 2011.

(Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Editing by Edmund Blair and Hugh Lawson)

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One Response to Four killed in bomb blast in Ethiopia

  1. Yayesh Reply

    November 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    What we Ethiopian would like to know is: who are those four poor man, who caught, prisoned, tortured and left in the taxi to die?, that is exactly what happened,

    The Government has been played such filth game several times when they are pressured and would like to kill, prison, and torture the opposition leaders and the people who challenges them.

    If Ethiopian believe terrorist act can bring change we should try a long time ago. The people even afraid to push to protest peacefully due to the government cruel punishment afterwards, instead we run away from trouble and put our lives in danger.

    That is what is happening in Yemen, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Greek, Italy, Syria, Soudi and other Arabs country. People paid high amount of money to pay for those people who proposed their safety and will able to get them a job in other side of the worlds and die in starvation, sunk in the ocean, suffocated while they trouble to the destiny, prisoned once they got to the destiny, tortured, killed, lost their mind.

    If Ethiopians are capable of stand for themselves they will take that path and die as a man but not.thousand of us are killed everyday in every direction running from death.

    Therefore what is the government next action after this poor trial?, more prison, more torture more killing, more ill treatment of our people. Terrorism is a joke for this government who are terrorist, who is terrorised its own people for the last twenty two years.

    We do not want to play this game anymore, hopefully after what happened in Soudi Arabia to our people running away from these Tyron government will not be the answer but face the obstacles that put in front of us and fight for our freedom is the only answer to stop our pain.

    At last it will be interested who are those people who was forced to die in the taxi explosion??.?.?.?.?.

    We have the right to know and we will find out who are those people and bring the criminal who did these to them to justice.

    God bless Ethiopia

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