Violence in west Ethiopia kills 1 person as police arrests 30 suspects – Xinhua

ADDIS ABABA, June 27 (Xinhua) — Violence in western Ethiopia’s Benishangul Gumuz Regional State on Wednesday left one person dead as police arrested 30 suspects in connection with the deadly violence that rocked the regional capital, according to the regional communication affairs office.

Assosa town, capital of Ethiopia’s Benishangul Gumuz Regional state, has not recovered from the violence that initially started from a quarrel between two individuals, eventually leading to a deadly violence across the regional capital, state television Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) reported.

Police has so far arrested some 30 suspects who are said to be behind the deadly violence, which was also accompanied by robbery in parts of Assosa, according to the regional communication affairs office.

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The town’s normal daily activities are currently on hold as businesses are closed and the movement of people also restrained while gunshots are being heard from different parts of the town, it was noted.

The violence in Assosa town occurred amid relatively better security situations that are witnessed in the East African country, which has seen recurrent violent demonstrations since the second half of 2016.

Benishangul Gumuz Regional State, located in Western Ethiopia along the Ethiopia-Sudan border, hosts Ethiopia’s largest development project – the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam , which is under construction on the Blue Nile River with a construction cost of 80 billion Ethiopian birr (close to 4.7 billion U.S. dollars).

The construction of the dam, which will be regarded as Africa’s largest dam upon completion with a total volume of 74,000 million cubic meters, has boosted Assosa’s socioeconomic status as its role in national affairs has also improved since then.

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Chains of ethnic conflicts had recently affected Ethiopia’s Southern region, in which the various ethnic groups in the Southern region went into deadly disputes killing some 27 people, according to a recent report by the region’s police commission.

A bomb attack that hit a mass rally organized in support of Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, had also on Saturday left two people dead and 156 injured in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, according to figures given by the Ministry of Health.

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