Friday, December 26, 2014

Briton shot dead in a church in Ethiopia on Christmas Eve: Man arrested said he did not know his gun was loaded

(Dec 26, 2014, (Daily Mail))--A 47-year-old British tourist has been shot dead in an Ethiopian church on Christmas Eve after a man accidentally fired a gun. The British national was shot in the north western city of Bahir Dar, a leading tourist destination about 300 miles from the capital Addis Ababa.

A suspect has reportedly been arrested and the Briton taken to the capital for a post-mortem. The British national was shot dead in Bahir Dar at 10:30am local time yesterday, according to reports.

Government spokesman Shimeles Kema said the suspect had not known the gun was loaded when he fired the fatal shot. He said: 'It appears that a resident of Bahir Dar, who was licensed to carry a gun, accidentally discharged his gun while changing the gun position from one shoulder to the other.

'The gun is an old rifle. He is a civilian. He has been arrested and the investigation is on gong. The accident happened in a church.'  A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: 'We can confirm the death of a British national in Ethiopia. We are providing consular assistance to the families.' Read more from Daily Mail » 

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