ETHIOPIA: Seven feared killed in protests over shooting by musician

The fatal shooting of the popular Ethiopian musician Hachalu Hundessa, known for his political songs, sparked deadly protests in the country, which killed the lives of no fewer than seven people.

Local police said on Tuesday that they are investigating the murder of Hundessa, 34, who was attacked on Monday night while driving home from an undisclosed destination.

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Before his death, the singer had said he had received death threats, but it was unclear who was behind the shooting outside the capital, Addis Ababa.

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Hachalu's songs often focused on the country's Oromo rights and became anthems in a wave of protests that led to the fall of the previous prime minister in 2018.

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Thousands of fans went to the hospital in the city where the singer's body was taken Monday night.

The deceased musician had also been stuck for five years, when he was 17 for participating in protests.

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