A file picture taken on 15 December 2015 shows Ethiopians from the Oromo group blocking a road in Ethiopia. Picture: AFP.
Thousands of people had gathered for the annual Irreecha festival in the town of Bishoftu.
Thousands of people had gathered for the annual Irreecha festival in the town of Bishoftu, which lies in a region where there have been sporadic protests in the past year or more. Witnesses said crowds fled when the police fired, leading to a stampede. Witnesses also said they saw several casualties.
There was no immediate comment from the government.