Police Arrest Six after Bomb Attack Injured Scores Injured at Rally

ADDIS ABEBA – Oromia Police says it has arrested six suspects after a bomb attack on a rally in support of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed injured 29 people on Sunday.

The incident occurred in the town of Ambo, located roughly 125 kilometers west of Addis Ababa.

“The bomb attack on a rally for Dr. Abiy has injured 29 people, of whom 28 have been treated and sent home,” Arasa Merdasa, the top Oromia police official in Oromia region, told the state-run Ethiopian News Agency.

“Police have arrested six people who are suspected in the attack,” he said.

Arasa said Sunday’s attack was believed to be the work of the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), the breakaway armed wing of the Oromo Liberation Front, an opposition party.

Officials have also blamed the OLA for the assassination on Friday of the top security official in Burayu, another Oromia town located on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.

That attack left three other people injured, and police “vowed to hunt down” those responsible, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.