British national killed in Ethiopia

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Image caption The Briton's body was taken to Addis Ababa for a post-mortem examination

A British national was killed when he was accidentally shot in Ethiopia on Christmas Eve, reports have said.

The 47-year-old male tourist was shot with a rifle in the north-western city of Bahir Dar, AFP quoted a government spokesman as saying.

A suspect has reportedly been arrested. The body has been taken to Addis Ababa for a post-mortem examination.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Ethiopia."

No further details were disclosed.

'Old rifle'

Government spokesman Shimeles Kema told AFP the suspect had not known the gun - an "old rifle" - was loaded, and the incident happened in a church on the morning of Christmas Eve.

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."

Bahir Dar is a popular tourist destination located some 310 miles (500km) north-west of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia's Amhara region.

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