ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Three people were killed when a bomb exploded late Tuesday near the Ethiopian foreign ministry in central Addis Ababa, according to state-run radio.
The radio provided no further details but witnesses near the site of the explosion told AFP at the scene that the explosive device may have been placed on a minibus.
“I was in the area when the blast went off and this minibus was blown to pieces,” one eyewitness said, asking not to be named.
The explosion took place at around 7:30 pm (1630 GMT) and all streets leading to the foreign ministry area in the centre of the Ethiopian capital were sealed off by federal police.
When contacted by AFP, the Ethiopian authorities did not provide a casualty toll.
Three people were killed and 18 wounded in bomb blasts at petrol stations in Addis Ababa on April 14.
The authorities had accused the separatist Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which alongside the Ogaden National Liberation Front and Ethiopia’s arch-foe Eritrea, are routinely blamed for such attacks.