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Top Indian executive of cement company gunned down in Ethiopia

Press Trust of India  |  Addis Ababa 

An Indian company has been killed along with two others by unidentified gunmen in Ethiopia, said today.

Deep Kamra, the of Dangote -- owned by Nigeria's -- was attacked yesterday in the restive Oromiya region while returning to from the factory, PM reported.

Kamra's secretary and driver, both Ethiopians, were also killed by the assailants, the report said.

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

"Security forces are currently pursuing the assailants," it said.

The Dangote plant, one of the 10 established in and outside Nigeria, was commissioned in May 2015.

The plant is Ethiopia's largest producer.

The 2.5Mta plant, less than 90 km from Addis Ababa, is the largest in capable of producing high-quality 32.5 and 42.5-grade cements to meet market needs, and at competitive costs, the report said.

It has rich limestone reserves of about 223 million tonnes, it said.

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

The country remains under a state of emergency imposed in February, a day after resigned.

Former army has since replaced him.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 13:50 IST