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Detainees over Woldia’s Epiphany clash released

All detainees in relation to the two-day Epiphany Festival conflict of Woldia Town, located in Northern Wolo Zone of the Amhara Regional State, have been released today, The Reporter learnt.

After a meeting between the Amhara region president Gedu Andargachew and religious leaders, youth representatives and the elders of Woldia Town, all of those detained in relation to clash were released from prison, the zone’s security head Aderaw Tsedalu told The Reporter.

“The detainees were released up on the request of the youth representatives in the meeting with the President,” he said.

Aderaw also added that the youth were given the freedom to express themselves in the meeting and the situation in the town has now improved.

Regarding the damages, however, the security head said that further investigation is underway to identify the number of the dead as well as injured and the damages to property. The exact number of the detainees was not revealed by security as well.

Nevertheless, the zone’s police department head Commander Amare Goshu’s, on his statement to the regional broadcaster, Amhara Television, confirmed earlier that seven people were reported to have died in the clash while at least 15 civilians and security officers also sustained injuries.