Failed coup sees Ethiopia army chief shot dead by bodyguard
A failed coup in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara regional state government led to four people being killed, including Ethiopia’s Army Chief of Staff and the head of an important region, the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s confirmed Sunday.
The incident began on Saturday evening in Bahir Dar, the capital of Amhara, where the region’s President Ambachew Mekonnen and Amhara Regional Government Office Advisor Ezez Wassie were killed from gunshots.
Regional Attorney General Migbaru Kebede sustained heavy injuries and is undergoing medical treatment, the Prime Minister’s office said.
Meanwhile in the country’s capital Addis Ababa, the Army Chief of Staff General Seare Mekonnen and retired Major General Gezai Abera were killed at Seare’s home by his bodyguard, the statement said.
Army Chief of Staff General Seare was coordinating a response to the attack in Amhara when he was killed, the Prime Minister’s press secretary Billene Seyoum told CNN Sunday.
Abiy blamed the attempted coup on a Brigadier General named Asaminew Tsige and others. Tsige has been serving as the regional government’s Peace and Security Bureau head after being given amnesty and released from prison last year.
The situation in the Amhara — located in northwestern part of Ethiopia and is one of nine regional states in the country — is now under full control of the Federal Government, the statement added………read more