Two injured in Ethiopian blast

Mar 26, 2011 11:54 PM | By Reuters

A bomb exploded near a court in the west of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa this week, injuring two people, police officials said.

“It exploded at 4pm on the pavement of a road that links with the Lideta High Court,” said Tesfaye Eshetu, a district police investigator.

Tesfaye said two people suffered slight injuries, but were soon discharged. “We haven’t apprehended any suspects so far. The case is still being investigated.”

Ethiopian officials usually blame such incidents on rebel groups based in the south of the country.

The attack was the first this year in the Horn of Africa nation, which has faced sporadic explosions during the past four years. Thirteen people were wounded when a bomb ripped through a bus near the border with Eritrea last year, an attack that was blamed on Asmara.

Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a war over their border from 1998 to 2000 in which more than 80000 people were killed. Relations have been tense since. The border remains an issue.

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