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Deadly protests hit Addis Ababa

Demonstrators flooded Addis Ababa on Monday, September 17, blocking roads and shutting businesses in an explosion of anger following the killing of 23 people on the city's outskirts over the weekend, News24 says.

The unrest in Ethiopia's largest city was the latest instance of ethnic violence to challenge Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has undertaken aggressive reforms including reigning in the security forces since his April inauguration.

Ethiopia's police chief, Zeynu Jemal, said officers had shot dead five people on Monday, describing them as "dangerous vagrants" who attempted to loot property and steal police weapons.

Further protests are likely and travellers are advised to avoid all public demonstrations as violence could erupt at any time.

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