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1 Dead, 11 Injured After Hand Grenade is Thrown Into Hotel IN Gondar Ethiopia

One person died, and 11 others sustained injuries after a hand grenade was thrown into a hotel located in Gondar, a city in Ethiopia’s Amhara region.
The grenade was thrown into a hotel named Entasol, Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported. The injured have since been transported to the Gondar Referral Hospital where they are receiving treatment.
Authorities have not commented on why the hotel was targeted and the possible motivation for the crime. Police are currently looking for the suspects.
Ethiopia’s is currently under a six-month long state of emergency, which was imposed in October in response to widespread anti-government protests.
The Amhara region, home to Ethiopia’s second largest ethnic group, was one of the hot spots in the violent anti-government protests that rocked the East African country last year.
The protests began in the Oromia region, home to Ethiopia largest ethnic group, in 2015 over a now cancelled government land expansion policy.
In August, thousands took to the streets of Gondar to protest against a government decision to place an Amhara district under the administrative jurisdiction of Tigray, a neighbouring region.
The protests over the Welkait community being placed under the Tigray region turned violent and led the U.S. government to issue a temporary travel ban on Gondar.
Human Right Watch has reported that over 500 people were killed in the demonstrations that engulfed Ethiopia. Thousands have been imprisoned in the government’s attempt to quell the unrest.
In December, over 9,000 suspects arrested under the state of emergency were released after receiving rehabilitation. However, more than 2,000 suspects will reportedly face charges.
On Tuesday, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the government would only lift the state of emergency after “consolidating gains” it has made following the deadly unrest.
“As far as the date of lifting the state of emergency is concerned, it should be seen in the perspectives that we have to consolidate the gains that we have made so far,” Prime Minister Desalegn said.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Swiss police raid mosque, detain 8, after Ethiopian imam allegedly ordered killing of Muslims | Toronto Star

In a public sermon on Oct. 21, the Ethiopian imam allegedly called for the killing and denunciation of Muslims who refused to participate in prayers at the mosque.

Due to recent extremist attacks in Europe, Swiss authorities have been stepping up controls and surveillance.
Due to recent extremist attacks in Europe, Swiss authorities have been stepping up controls and surveillance.  (WALTER BIERI / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)  
GENEVA—Swiss police raided a mosque in a northern city on Wednesday, detaining eight people including an Ethiopian imam who allegedly called for the killing of Muslims who refused to participate in prayers, the state prosecutor’s office said.
Police searched the An Nur mosque in Winterthur and the apartments of three people as part of the morning operation, according to a statement from the regional prosecutor’s office in nearby Zurich.
In a public sermon on Oct. 21, the Ethiopian imam allegedly called for the killing and denunciation of Muslims who refuse to participate in common prayers at the mosque, the statement said. Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation centring on the imam and three others.
In a separate statement, Zurich police said another four men aged 23 to 35 from countries including Algeria and Tunisia were also detained. They were inside the mosque at the time of the raid, and were believed to be illegally in Switzerland, said Corinne Bouvard, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office. They weren’t believed to be connected to the imam and three others, whose nationalities weren’t identified, she said.
Bouvard also said prosecutors so far have turned up “no connection” to any possible international extremist groups. Earlier Wednesday, Swiss daily Tages Anzeiger reported that investigators were focusing on the mosque’s new preacher, who it said was from Somalia — not Ethiopia. The report also said some young men who were once regulars at the mosque had later left to join the Daesh group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
In the wake of extremist attacks in Europe in recent years, Swiss authorities have been stepping up controls and surveillance of suspected militants who could cause violence.
The Swiss intelligence service estimates that 77 people “motivated by jihad” have left Switzerland to travel to conflict zones since 2001, more than four in five of them to Iraq and Syria. The service says 21 of them are believed to be dead, while others are still active in the conflict regions or have returned to Switzerland.