Dangote Cement Manager Killed in Ethiopia.

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Tariku Alemayehu, deputy manager for sales and marketing in Ethiopia, told authorities that unidentified gunmen shot dead Deep Kamra, his secretary and his driver on Wednesday.

The killings took place in broad daylight near Dangote’s factory in Mugher, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) north of Addis Ababa, the capital, Group Executive Director Edwin Devakumar said by email from Lagos, Nigeria, where Dangote’s head office is based.Ethiopian authorities are investigating the murder of the country manager of Dangote Cement Plc, the manufacturer owned by Africa’s richest man, and two other staff.

Dangote, owned by billionaire Nigerian Aliko Dangote, is Africa’s biggest cement producer with operations in 10 countries. Mugher is situated in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, which has been hit by sporadic anti-government protests over the past three years and where the company has faced opposition to how it sources raw materials.

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Investigation proves that the assailants were laying in wait for Kamra and forced his driver to lose control of the vehicle by throwing a concrete block at it, before opening fire on the occupants, Devakumar said. Addisu Arega, a member of Oromia’s regional government identified, the other victims as Beakal Alelinyi and Tsegay Giday. Mr. Kamra tried to get out and escape,” Devakumar said. “They shot him in the leg. When he slumped into the jeep, they went near and shot him multiple times. Then they shot the driver and the secretary — also, each of them, multiple times. It was simply a massacre.”

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