Two men who were in the country illegally were killed in a rented house when the bomb detonated, officials say.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Two Somalis died when a bomb they were making detonated in a house in
the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, as thousands gathered to watch a
football match, officials have said.
"The ones who died were of Somali origin," Ethiopia's Minister of Information, Redwan Hussein, said on Monday.
The two deceased were in Ethiopia illegally and had rented a house in
a Somali neighbourhood near the airport where the bomb exploded, Redwan
"They were Somali nationals and plotted to carry out a suicide attack
disguised as fans on either the stadium or areas where large crowds
gathered to watch the game," government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said.
Explosives, arms, hand grenades and football shirts were found at the
scene of the blast, at a residential address an hour before kick-off,
"Heavy police presence must have caused their nervousness and state
of agitation which led to the detonation that caused their own death,"
Three suspects were detained.
Neighbouring Kenya has been a frequent target of attacks by the
al-Shabab armed group, that has demanded Kenyan troops leave Somalia.
'No plans to withdraw'
Last month, at least 67 people were killed during a four-day siege
carried out by some of its fighters who ambushed an upmarket shopping
mall in Nairobi.
Ethiopia, which shares a long border with Somalia, sent troops into
the country in 2011 to help African Union and Somali forces fight
Redwan said several "terrorism plots" had been foiled on Ethiopian
soil in the past, including a plan to target an African Union summit in
2010, and added that security in the country remains tight.
AU forces have been in Somalia fighting the al-Shabab since 2007 and
have pushed them out of all major towns, including the capital Mogadishu
and the key port town of Kismayo. But the group still controls swathes
of rural areas in the south.
Some Ethiopian troops started pulling out of Somali this year, but following the attacks in Nairobi, the Addis Ababa government said it had no plans to withdraw its forces from Somalia.