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Several people have been killed in a stampede in Ethiopia's Oromia region after police fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse a protest.
It happened during a religious festival in Bishoftu, 40km (25 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa.
Some participants were reportedly demonstrating against the government.
People in the Oromo and Amhara regions have complained about political and economic marginalisation.
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Many people are reported to have been killed and injured in Ethiopia's Oromia region after security forces fired tear gas and shots to disperse a protest.
Some died in a panicked stampede after troops opened fire, the reports said.
Thousands had gathered for a religious festival in Bishoftu, 40km (25 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa.
Some reports said troops responded after anti-government protesters threw stones and bottles, while others said demonstrators were entirely peaceful.
Ethiopia's government said in a statement that "lives were lost", adding: "Those responsible will face justice".
An Oromo activist, Jawar Mohamed, is quoted as saying nearly 300 people were killed and many more injured. He said troops and a helicopter gunship had opened fire, driving people off a cliff and into a lake.
There has been no independent confirmation of this.
There have been months of deadly clashes in Ethiopia recently.
Crowds at Sunday's Oromo festival chanted "We need freedom" and "We need justice", witnesses said.
Some participants crossed their wrists above their heads, a gesture that has become a symbol of Oromo protests.
The unrest was sparked last November by a plan to expand the capital into Oromia. This led to fears that farmers from the Oromo ethnic group, the largest in Ethiopia, would be displaced.
The plan was later dropped but protests continued, highlighting issues such as marginalisation and human rights.Source: BBC.com
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