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A sudden collapse of a wooden bench on Monday injured more than 100 people and undisclosed others died as tens of thousands of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians gathered in Ethiopia’s northwestern Gondar city to celebrate epiphany, the baptism of Jesus Christ, regional government officials have confirmed.

The deadly incident, which also injured two foreign nationals, occurred as a congested wooden bench that was constructed to serve as a sitting place for people attending the epiphany celebrations in Gondar city collapsed as it was forced to accommodate beyond its capacity, Amhara Mass Media Agency quoted Tesfa Mekonen, head of Gondar city peace and security department, as saying.


The official had not disclosed the number of people killed in the incident. Enditem


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