British tourist shot dead in Ethiopia in 'gun accident' in church

Gun was 'accidentally discharged while being changed from one shoulder to the other'

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A British tourist has been killed in Ethiopia, the Foreign Office said.

The British national was shot dead in the north western Ethiopian city of Bahir Dar at 10:30am local time yesterday, according to reports.

A suspect has reportedly been arrested and the tourist has been taken to the capital Addis Ababa today for a post mortem.

Government spokesman Shimeles Kema said the suspect had not known the gun was loaded and that the incident happened in a church on the morning of Christmas Eve, Sky News reported.

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."

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Ethiopia. We are providing consular assistance to the families.