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Ethiopia stampede kills 50

People had gathered for a function in Oromiya region when some began waving a rebel flag

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Publish Date: Oct 3 2016 12:49PM | Updated Date: Oct 3 2016 12:49PM

Ethiopia stampede kills 50

Photo: independent.co.uk

 

At least 50 people were killed in a stampede which caused after police fired teargas and warning shots at anti-government protesters during a religious festival in Ethiopia's Oromiya region.

 
People had gathered for a function in Oromiya region when some began waving a rebel flag. When police fired teargas and guns into the air, crowds fled , which led to a stampede, with some people plunging into a deep ditch.
 
Some protesters waved the flag of the Oromo Liberation Front, a rebel group branded a "terrorist" organisation by the government. 
 
As per witnesses, victims were seen dragged out of the ditch showing no obvious sign of life. Half a dozen people were also taken to a hospital.
 
However, the government did not release the official death count. The figure came from opposition party,  Oromo Federalist Congress.