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ETHIOPIA: Groom, best man feared killed in freak grenade incident

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ETHIOPIA: Groom, best man feared killed in freak grenade incident

A freak incident in a remote village in the South Wollo Zone in Amhara region, north of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has left a groom and his best man dead.

The accident involved a grenade belonging to the groom.

Reports say the tragic incident happened after a traditional 10-day honeymoon celebration, during which the best man is expected to entertain the newly weds.

Local police say the bride was about to be ushered into the venue of the occasion by her bridesmaids and other family members when the bomb went off.

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The victims were identified as 25-year-old Mohammed Hassan Mohammed, the groom, and his best man named Bogale Sebsibe Abera, 24.

The deputy commander of the police force in Borena district, Nigatu Tameme, told the BBC’s Tigrinya service that the grenade was illegally owned by the groom.

Reports say grenades and different guns have flooded east Africa over a long time of struggle with the Ethiopian government coming under increasing pressure to disposes owners of unlawful guns and other explosives, especially those who fire weapons into the air to mark occasions similar to weddings and funerals.

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