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a man holding a piece of food: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed blamed the attempted coup on a Brigadier General.© Tiksa Negeri/Reuters Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed blamed the attempted coup on a Brigadier General.

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.

The Prime Minister "conveys his deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the deceased," it said.

Dressed in military fatigues, Prime Minister Abiy assured the public during a televised press conference Saturday that the failed coup was not "committed by any ethnic group but by ill-motivated individuals."

He called on "all Ethiopians, both armed and not armed" to stand with the government and provide information to "defend the unity of our country."

"A similar attempt was committed last year in June but we successfully overcame it," Abiy said in reference to a grenade attack at a rally he attended in 2018.

a close up of a map: Officials say the coup attempt occurred in Bahir Dar in northern Ethiopia.© CNN/Google Earth Officials say the coup attempt occurred in Bahir Dar in northern Ethiopia.

On Saturday, the US Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a security alert saying it was aware of shots being fired in the capital, as well as violence in and around Bahir Dar. 

Rise in tensions

Abiy came to power in 2018, following the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, after years of anti-government protests over economic and political exclusion, and led by the Oromo, Ethiopia's largest ethnic group. 

Abiy, who is the first Oromo to lead the country, has led a remarkable political transformation in the country. Abiy's government freed thousands of political prisoners, unblocked hundreds of censored websites, ended the 20-year state of war with longtime enemy Eritrea, lifted a state of emergency, and plans to open key economic sectors to private investors, including the state-owned Ethiopian Airlines.

Ethiopia's parliament even appointed the country's first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde, and the nation's first Supreme Court chief, Meaza Ashenafi, was sworn into office.

But his rule has also been marked by a rise in tensions between the diverse country's ethnic groups. According to Agence France-Presse news agency, more than 1 million people have been displaced by ethnic clashes.


Spectator 007
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“Dressed in military fatigues, Prime Minister Abiy assured the public during a televised press conference Saturday that the failed coup was not "committed by any ethnic group but by ill-motivated individuals." - PM Aby

Why do I get the feeling that the PM is hiding something regarding the ethnic dimension of this abortive coup. I feel most African coups are launched by people from ethnic groups who feel persecuted.
Spectator 007
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The coup plotter had ethnic calculus on his mind if this Wikipedia piece is credibleétat_attempt
Spectator 007
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I won’t be surprised if the bodyguard who assassinated his boss/army chief comes from the same ethnic group as the main coup plotter, the security chief in Amhara province. That’s how these things work. Key participants in coups are often from the same ethnic group or region. Dem sabi keep dem secret
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Ethiopia: Police arrest 56 people over Amhara failed coup

Ethiopia's government said the ringleader of the failed coup has been killed.

56 members of an Amhara political party have been arrested by police in Ethiopia over last week’s failed coup.

Officials of the Amhara political party said the arrests happened in the capital Addis Ababa. Spokesperson for the National Movement of Amhara, Christian Tadele confirmed the arrests on Thursday.

The party officials have condemned the said attempted coup and the associated deaths. They have also denied any link between the party and the incident.

The National Movement of Amhara was founded last year but has emerged as a rival to an Amhara party in the ruling EPRDF coalition.

Six people accused of playing a role in the failed coup have already appeared in court in Addis Ababa.

The suspects were arraigned on charges of terrorism in their alleged attempt to overthrow the Amhara state government.

They were the first set of people to be sent to court after the incident which led to the death of the country’s army chief of staff, Gen Seare Mekonnen.

The army chief and four other officials died in the attack with the alleged ringleader of the failed coup, Brig Gen Asaminew Tsige, also reportedly killed.

In court the judge ordered the police to come up with evidence that shows that the suspects indeed played a role in the incident.

The police have 28 days to come up with further evidence. But the judge said the suspects could remain in custody.

Meanwhile there are reports of dozens of others being killed in the sate capital Bahir Dar during a fight after the attack on the regional police headquarters, ruling party headquarters and regional president’s office.

Amhara state

The state of Amhara is Ethiopia’s second most populous region and home to people belonging to the Amhara ethnic group.

The national language of Amharic originates from the Amhara state. But there is continued violence between the Amhara and Gumuz ethnic groups.

Many people have been killed in both states due to fighting with the latest clashes happening in May of this year.

This particular fighting and other ethnic clashes in Ethiopia have displaced millions and are largely over land disputes.


Spectator 007
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Thanks @Coup Update
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