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Eritrea blamed for Ethiopia blast
Bombing at cafe was aimed at disrupting elections on May 23, local official says.
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2010 19:46 GMT
Zenawi, the Ethiopian prime minister has accused the opposition candidates of links with Eritrea [AFP]

A bomb blast at a cafe in Adi Haro, an Ethiopian settlement close to the frontier with Eritrea, has killed at least five people and injured 20 others, local officials said. 

Speaking on state television on Sunday, Mikelle Abraha, a local administrator, blamed Eritrea, which has a longer running border dispute with Ethiopia for the attack.

"It was carried out by Eritrean agents who crossed the border to sabotage the upcoming elections," Abraha said.

Ethiopia will hold general elections on May 23, the first national polls since the 2005 general election was marred by violence.

There was no immediate comment on the incident from Eritrean authorities.

Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian prime minister, has accused some of the opposition candidates of having links with Eritrea and local armed groups allegedly supported by Asmara.

Authorities have blamed Eritrea of organising past attacks in the capital by arming the separatist Oromo Liberation Front and the Ogaden National Liberation Front, while Asmara has accused Ethiopia of supporting armed groups in its country.

About 80,000 people died in a border conflict between the two neighbours in 1998-2000, many in brutal first world war-style trench warfare.

A UN-backed boundary commission charged with demarcating the border handed the disputed town of Badme to Eritrea but Ethiopia has so far refused to implement the ruling.

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