ADDIS ABABA, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a bomb attack on Saturday during a mass rally in support of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa stands at two, an Ethiopian official said on Sunday.
In a Facebook post, Amir Aman, Ethiopia's minister of health, said a second person who was in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa has died due to his severe injuries. One person had already died on Saturday from his injuries shortly after the blast.
He further said a total of 156 people have been injured in the bomb blast, with 44 injured people still being treated at local hospitals among whom five are suffering from critical wounds.
The mass rally was attended by hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians who came in to support the reform program of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
The bomb attack happened shortly after Ahmed gave a speech to a huge crowd of supporters.
Since coming to power in April, Ahmed has moved fast to institute political reforms including freeing thousands of prisoners among whom are several prominent opposition figures.
The political reforms come after almost three years of unrest in Ethiopia's two most populous regional states of Oromia and Amhara which together make up more than 60 percent of the country's estimated 100 million population.
Bloody protests over allegations of political and economic marginalization since late 2015, has cast doubts about the stability of one of Africa's star economies.