FBI arrives in Ethiopia to help probe blast

FBI arrives in Ethiopia to help probe blast

FBI investigators have arrived in Ethiopia to help with the inquiry into last Saturday’s attack on a huge political rally in the capital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s Federal Police Commissioner General Zeynu Jemal has told me.

A total of 28 suspects were now in custody, he added.

The deadly explosion occurred just after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had finished addressing the rally in Addis Ababa, which was called to show support for the reforms he has introduced since taking office in April.

The offer of help was made during talks between the US Under Secretary of Commerce, Gilbert Kaplan, and the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Workneh Gebeyehu.

Dozens of people have been arrested in connection with the blast, including the deputy chief of police in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Two people were killed and more than 150 were wounded at the mass rally called in support of the reform agenda of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The US is a longstanding ally of Ethiopia