Minibus blast rocks Ethiopian capital
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Three people were killed and several wounded late Tuesday when a bomb on a minibus exploded near the Ethiopian foreign ministry in central Addis Ababa.
All the dead and wounded were on the bus, police said.
“Three people were killed and nine seriously injured by an explosion from a device planted by suspected terrorists inside a minibus taxi,” said
The blast on a road between the Hilton hotel and the foreign ministry was the latest in a string of explosions in
Scores of policemen and soldiers rushed to the scene, cordoning off the area as fire engines arrived.
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s government routinely refers to the Eritrean government, with whom it fought a 1998-2000 border war, as terrorists.
A taxi driver who asked not to be named said he saw rescuers pulling out several dead people.
“I saw maybe 3 or 4 bodies taken away,” the driver said.
The two countries have been deadlocked over their 1,000 km (620-mile) frontier since a 2002 border ruling and analysts fear even small incidents could trigger renewed hostilities.
Earlier this year Eritrea obliged a U.N. peacekeeping force to quit the disputed border and on May 1 called on the Security Council to wind up the mission altogether.
The 1,700-strong force, known as UNMEE, had patrolled the border since 2000. It pulled out in February, saying
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