So, someone attempted to kill Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed on Saturday by throwing a grenade at a rally organised to support the 41-year-old new leader and attended by thousands of Ethiopians in Addis Ababa.

An eye-witness and a member of the organising committee for the rally, Seyoum Teshome, told Reuters that “someone tried to hurl a grenade to the stage where the prime minister was in”.

BBC Africa reports that Mr Ahmed was taken away by security personnel immediately after his speech.

Local media reports said several people had been hurt.

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Mr Ahmed became prime minister in April after his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn unexpectedly resigned in February.

The Addis Standard news website quoted a police officer as saying it was a "minor explosion" and "only a few were hurt".

Mr Abiy is the country's first leader from the ethnic Oromo group, which has been at the centre of nearly three years of anti-government protests that have left hundreds of people dead.

Many of the protesters have complained of marginalisation.

The Ethiopian government has also been accused of human rights violations including torture and extrajudicial killing of political dissidents.

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