Singer's murder sparks Ethiopian unrest

Thousands took to the streets of Addis Ababa on Tuesday (June 30) to escort the body of a murdered singer to his home town.

Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, a popular musician known for his political protest songs, was killed on Monday (June 29) night.

That's enraged youths who burned tyres in the capital and took to the streets in other cities - unrest spreading through the heartlands of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's support.

Haacaaluu's music was the soundtrack to the movement that brought Abiy to power and he has appealed for calm.

While Abiy's rule has ushered in greater political and economic freedoms, it has also led to an increase in unrest in a country made up of more than 80 ethnic groups.

A prominent Oromo opponent of Abiy, media tycoon Jawar Mohammed, was arrested on Tuesday - a TV station he owns said - after his bodyguards refused to disarm.

Jawar has spearheaded a backlash against Abiy's determination to forge a pan-Ethiopian politics.

Telecoms across the country have also been shut down, a step authorities have taken in the past at times of political unrest.

Police say Haacaaluu, a former political prisoner, was shot dead at around 9:30 in the evening and that some suspects have been arrested.

Abiy has offered his condolences and promised an investigation.