Ethiopian deaths in fire at prison ‘holding Oromo protesters’

bvbcAn unknown number of inmates have died after a fire at an Ethiopian prison where prominent anti-government protesters are reportedly being held.

According to a BBC News report, sustained gunfire could be heard coming from Qilinto prison, on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, after the fire broke out, local media reported.

The government confirms “some” deaths, while local media report that at least 20 people had died in the incident.

There has been an unprecedented wave of protests in Ethiopia in recent months. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

SOURCES: BBC NEWS ONLINE

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.