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23 dead in fire at Ethiopian prison housing opposition figures, journalists



A raging fire which engulfed a prison that houses high-profile politicians in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa has claimed the lives of no less than 23 people according to a government statement.

Reports say the Addis Ababa’s high security Qilinto prison, where many opposition figures and journalists are held went up in flames adding to a wave of protests currently rocking the country.

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21 inmates died during a stampede and suffocation according to Fana Broadcasting Corporate citing a government statement while two others died while trying to escape the prison.

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