25 December 2014
A British national was killed when he was accidentally shot in Ethiopia on Christmas Eve, reports have said.
The 47-year-old male tourist was shot with a rifle in the north-western city of Bahir Dar, AFP quoted a government spokesman as saying.
A suspect has reportedly been arrested. The body has been taken to Addis Ababa for a post-mortem examination.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We can confirm the death of a British national in Ethiopia.”
No further details were disclosed.
Government spokesman Shimeles Kema told AFP the suspect had not known the gun – an “old rifle” – was loaded, and the incident happened in a church on the morning of Christmas Eve.
He said: “It appears that a resident of Bahir Dar, who was licensed to carry a gun, accidentally discharged his gun while changing the gun position from one shoulder to the other.”
Bahir Dar is a popular tourist destination located some 310 miles (500km) north-west of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia’s Amhara region.