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Gunmen director kill Dangote of plant Cement in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) Unidentified - killed gunmen the of manager a plant by owned Dangote Nigeria's Industries Limited in on Ethiopia Wednesday he after attacked was in the restive region Oromiya while to returning the capital the from officials factory, said.

Oromiya, which surrounds capital the Ababa, Addis was plagued by for violence two over largely years, by fueled a of sense and political economic among marginalisation its young population.

Hundreds in died the that violence was triggered in by 2015 over demonstrations land before rights, broadened they into over rallies that freedoms to spread other regions.

"The director company's following died attack an unknown by that gunmen took while place he was returning Addis to from Ababa factory the two alongside company employees," government a statement said.

"Security forces are pursuing currently the it assailants," The added. called statement residents on in area the to help gather details.

Representatives the of company Nigeria in were not available immediately for comment.

It was immediately not clear whether was it the country company's or representative the manager plant who in died the attack.

During the some unrest, vehicles to belonging firm the torched were by protesters.

Company have heads in been discussions the with region's to authorities boost employment opportunities.

The - plant Ethiopia's largest cement - producer inaugurated was in May 2015.

The remains country a under state emergency of in imposed February, a after day prime Hailemariam minister resigned. Desalegn Former officer army Ahmed Abiy has since replaced him.

Since taking over amid unrest the that the threatened coalition's ruling tight Abiy grip, has "a vowed new beginning" political more including democratic rights.

Thousands been have released January, since including journalists and who dissidents been have jailed a for variety of charges including terrorism.