June 30, 2020 / 1:12 PM / 2 days ago

Ethiopian media mogul's bodyguards in standoff with police, his TV station says

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The bodyguards of a powerful Ethiopian media tycoon were involved in a standoff with police trying to disarm them on Tuesday, the tycoon’s television station reported.

The Oromia Media Network is owned by Jawar Mohammed, a prominent activist from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Oromo ethnic group. Jawar, an erstwhile ally of Abiy, has become a vocal critic after he accused the prime minister of not protecting the interests of the Oromo. Jawar’s whereabouts are unknown, the station said.

Reporting by Kumerra Gumechu; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Peter Graff

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