At least 23 people died over the weekend during a fire in Qilinto prison on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, where they are held numerous Ethiopian political prisoners, said today the local media.
The fire occurred on Saturday in this high security prison, where later the prison guards began to shoot some prisoners, supposedly to prevent his escape.
A total of 21 people died of asphyxiation or due to severe burns, while other detainees were shot while trying to escape, he said today the Ethiopian television Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC), citing government sources.
According to the version of the Ethiopian Government, the fire was caused by some prisoners who planned to evade this prison, where they are imprisoned opposition leaders, activists and journalists.
Security forces have killed since November to more than 500 people, mostly protesters, and arrested thousands during the repression of protests registered in Oromia, the largest region of Ethiopia, according to estimates from various organizations, including Human Rights Watch (HRW).
The Ethiopian government has systematically intellectuals and prominent figures among the Oromo way, for fear that their influence may raise broader protests against power.
In April 2014 it had been similar events, which caused deaths, injuries and arrests of demonstrators.