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Ethiopia bus bomb wounds 13, three days before poll

May 20, 2010

Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a war over their border from 1998-2000 in which more than 80,000 people died. Relations have been tense since and the border remains an issue.

“A bomb exploded on a bus with 25 passengers onboard when it arrived in Sheraro town from Shire town at 9 p.m. (1800 GMT) on Wednesday night,” Mustafa Seid, chief of police in Sheraro, told Reuters.

“Thirteen of the passengers are in hospital, six with serious injuries,” he said.

Sheraro is about 60 km (38 miles) from Ethiopia’s border with Eritrea.

Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday that Eritrea had been planning a number of “terrorist” plots to undermine the May 23 national elections.

Ethiopia’s parliamentary and regional elections are the first since a disputed 2005 poll ended with street riots in which 193 protesters and seven policemen died.

Top opposition politicians were also jailed after the ruling party said they had provoked the violence to force an unconstitutional change of government.

Mustafa said the bomb was concealed in a bag carried onto the bus by one of the passengers. He said the man was not hurt and was being questioned, but that it was too early to say what the motive for the attack may have been.

An explosion at a cafe in the same region last month killed five people and was blamed by Ethiopian government officials on Eritrea.

The Eritrean government had no comment on that accusation.

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2 comments on “Ethiopia bus bomb wounds 13, three days before poll

  1. Terrible!
    I don’t no what Isayas Afowerki/Harbegna Gimbar/DEMHIT are stand up

    They are joining to the world class terrorist such us Bin Ladon. There is nothing harmful to Eritrea if we make election, so why they are traying to hamble our election?
    In my opinion the government of Ethiopia has to take offensive Measure againist Shabia so that suppresed soldiers of Shabia will finish Isias Reign by them self

    But those who are working as messenger for the evil works of Shabia shall have to get legal punshiment as soon as possible

    I wish betterment for the victim of the explosion

  2. Let us finish the election first,no doubt the ertrean government will pay the the price. we have to tell who ever elected in this election to finish the ertrean issue quickly unless we will count the death of our brothers every day.and this is not acceptable to Ethiopians.

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