52 confirmed dead in stampede at Ethiopia religious event


BISHOFTU, Ethiopia (AP) – A regional government in Ethiopia has confirmed that 52 people have been killed in a stampede after police tried to disperse an anti-government protest at a massive religious festival.

The Oromia regional government confirmed the death toll late Sunday.

The government is also declaring three days of national mourning.

The stampede occurred in one of the East African country’s most politically sensitive regions, Oromia. It has seen months of sometimes deadly demonstrations demanding wider freedoms.

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