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Addis Ababa Police Shoot at Unarmed Muslims After Friday Prayers


ADDIS ABABA - After completing their Friday Prayers (Juma'a) at the Grand Anwar Mosque, Addis Ababa, Muslims were received with bullets and tear gas. Dozens were reported to have been shot and there are also reports of casualties. There are still many Muslims under siege at the Grand Anwar Mosque, unable to leave the compound. Among them are the injured needing immediate medical assistance.

Police fired live shots at worshippers at the Grand Anwar Mosque today as they completed their Friday (Juma'a) Prayers. There were no cause for police to shoot at the worshippers because there were no reports of protests today unlike last week.

“Violent actions are not acceptable by any standard,” said Ambassador Ustaz Hassen Taju

The Ambassador said the actions being taken by government security forces is causing injury and death of civilians and this is not acceptable by any standard.

“This will only escalate the crisis and cause the people to be resentful. And this will lead to unwanted consequences for the country. The concerned body should take heed of this”, added Ambassador Ustaz Hassen Taju. 

"It is an act of cruelty to mercilessly shoot at the innocent Muslims who came out of their houses unarmed to pray the Friday Prayers at the Great Anwar Mosque. I urge the security forces to stop the violent action", said the prominent Muslim cleric Ustaz Abubaker Ahmed on his facebook page.


"Many Muslims are injured in the shooting that took place after Friday Prayers. There are still many who are unable to get medical assistance. An ambulance must be rushed in to solve this crisis", he added.

As a result of security forces firing directly at protesters at the Grand Anwar Mosque, there are reports of unknown numbers of fatalities. Muslims are protesting the demolishing of more than 30 Mosques by Oromia regional government in the newly established Shaggar city.

People inside the Mosque were also posting graphic pictures of worshipers covered in blood. Muslims in other parts of Oromia such as Jimma and Shashemen are also protesting.

The protests took despite a statement yesterday by the Ethiopian/Addis Ababa Islamic Affairs Supreme Council calling on Ethiopian Muslims to refrain from protesting today after Friday Prayers.


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