Four prisoners shot and killed in Yirgalem, Southern Ethiopia (

Four prisoners were shot and killed on Monday in Yirgalem town, Sidama Zone, Southern Ethiopia. The prisoners were demanding their release saying they had completed their time.

Police said they were killed while trying to escape the prison. But the Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM) said that was not the case.

Chairman of the Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM), Dr. Million Tumato told ESAT that the demand by the prisoners was to be free as they had completed their sentences. But the response from authorities, he said, was bullets. Dr. Tumato said it was a cold blooded murder.

ESAT sources also said they had heard gunfire in the prison this past Monday.[...] READ MORE