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Two students die in grenade attack at Ethiopia university

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The file photo shows the entrance of Dilla University in Ethiopia.

Two students have died in a grenade attack at a university in southern Ethiopia.

“The blast killed two students and wounded six, of which four were seriously injured,” Ejigu Shiferaw, a police official in the town of Gedeo, said on Friday.

The attacker, or attackers, tossed a hand grenade at students on the campus at Dilla University on Thursday night in the diverse Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), about 350 kilometers (200 miles) south of the capital, Addis Ababa.

Police did not cite any details on the number of suspects in police custody, or possible motives behind the attack, in the area, where there have not been any recent reports of significant unrest.

Three weeks ago, however, a bomb attack at a mosque in Addis Ababa left more than 20 people injured. Officials are yet to disclose details of that attack, for which there has not been any claim of responsibility.

Ethiopia says it has thwarted several bombing plots in recent years and blames rebel groups based in other areas of the south and southeast, as well as al-Shabab militants from neighboring Somalia, for the plots.

Ethiopian troops are part of an African Union peacekeeping mission that has been fighting al-Shabab in Somalia, affiliated to al-Qaeda, since 2011.


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