Over 80 reported killed in Ethiopia’s unrest

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – More than 80 people have been killed in unrest in Ethiopia after a popular singer was shot dead this week, the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation said.

The deaths reported on Wednesday, citing police in the Oromia region, follow the killing of Hachalu Hundessa on Monday. He had been a prominent voice in anti-government protests that led to a change in leadership in 2018. Angry protests, including three bomb blasts, followed his death in the capital, Addis Ababa.

He was buried yesterday in his hometown of Ambo.

Police late Wednesday said three people had been arrested in his death.

The singer’s killing further raised tensions in Ethiopia, where the government has delayed the national election, citing the coronavirus pandemic.