Ethiopian officials have said that at least 50 people have been killed in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region following protests over the murder of a popular singer.
34 year old Hachalu Hundessa, well known for his political songs was shot and killed by unknown assailants after he received death threats.
Most of his lyrics had focused on the rights of the country’s Oromo ethnic group and were used during previous protests.
Police say the murder of Musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was a targeted killing. Thousands of his fans have been protesting over his murder, expressing outrage.
Reports say the police used tear gas to disperse the crowd. Eyewitnesses have confirmed that the police fired gunshots to disperse the crowd.
Those killed during the protests, according to Ethiopian officials include protesters and members of the security forces.
Some government buildings have been set ablaze. The Ethiopian government shut down the internet on Tuesday as the protests spread in Oromiya regional state.
The Oromo is Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group but it has long complained of political and economic marginalisation.
There have been several demonstrations starting in 2016 to force reforms, something that led to the exit of the previous prime minister.
Hundeessaa’s funeral is due to take place on Thursday, according to officials.