Tragedy has struck the Dangote family.

A manager of its cement business in Ethiopia, Deep Kamra, was killed on Wednesday after he was attacked in the restive Oromiya region while returning to Addis Ababa from the factory.

Both the secretary and driver of Kamra, who is the Dangote Cement country manager, were also shot by the assailants.

According to officials, the manager was attacked and killed in the troubled Oromiya region while returning to Addis Ababa from the factory.

“The company’s director died following an attack by unknown gunmen that took place while he was returning to Addis Ababa from the factory alongside two company employees,” a government statement said.

“Security forces are currently pursuing the assailants,” it added. The statement called on residents in the area to help gather details.

Representatives of the Dangote Group in Nigeria have yet to say anything about this sad incident.During the unrest, some vehicles belonging to the firm were set ablaze by protesters.

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You may recall that the Dangote cement plant, which has become Ethiopia’s largest cement producer, was inaugurated in May 2015 following Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote’s Pan-African expansion of its cement business.

Ethiopia has been political unstable for a while now, with Oromiya, which surrounds the capital Addis Ababa, plagued by violence for over two years, largely fuelled by a sense of political and economic marginalisation among its young population.

Hundreds died in the violence that was triggered in 2015 by demonstrations over land rights, before they broadened into rallies over freedoms that spread to other regions.

The country remains under a state of emergency imposed in February, a day after prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned. Former army officer Abiy Ahmed has since replaced him.

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