Tens killed in Ethiopia during protests

Sunday, 2 October, 2016 - 18:45

Some people died in a panicked stampede after police employed tear gas and baton charges.

Thousands had gathered for a religious festival in Bishoftu, 40km (25 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa.

Some reports said police responded after anti-government protesters threw stones and bottles. Others said demonstrators were entirely peaceful.

Ethiopia's government said in a statement that "lives were lost", adding: "Those responsible will face justice".