At least 166 people have died during violent demonstrations that amused Ethiopia in the days following the murder of popular singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, police said Saturday.
The singer, a member of the Oromo ethnic group, Ethiopia’s largest, was killed by unknown attackers in Addis Ababa on Monday night, which killed ethnic tensions that threatened the country̵
“As a result of Haacaaluu’s death, 145 civilian and 11 security forces have lost their lives in the unrest in the region,” said Girma Gelam, deputy commissioner of the Oromia region, in a statement on the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate.
Another 10 are known to have died in the capital, Addis Ababa.
Girma said that another 167 had been “severely injured” and 1,084 people had been arrested.
Officials have attributed the deaths to a combination of deadly force by security agents and interethnic violence.
Girma added that the violent turmoil had now “completely stopped”.
Haacaaluu’s music expressed Oromo’s widespread sense of economic and political marginalization during years of protests against the government that swept Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to power 2018.