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Ethiopia thwarts a 'coup' attempt in regional
state - confirms Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian government thwarted a coup attempt in a region outside the country’s capital Addis Ababa with some dead and injured, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a televised address late Saturday.

A senior army official and others within the military led the coup in the Amhara region, Ahmed said.

Some people were killed and others wounded in the failed coup, the prime minister said without giving more detailed information.
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At least 13 security personnel dead during failed coup in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- At least 13 security personnel working for opposing sides died from injuries during the failed coup attempt to overthrow the governance structure of Ethiopia’s populous Amhara regional state, an Ethiopian official said on Tuesday.

Abere Adamu, Amhara region police commissioner, speaking to state-run Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA) on Tuesday revealed that six security personnel were killed during their efforts to counter the coup, while four others sustained serious physical injuries from gunshots.

He also disclosed that seven other suspected members of the hidden team that orchestrated the coup have been also confirmed dead so far.

Adamu said that the regional security apparatus, working in partnership with the federal government, has so far arrested four senior regional officials as part of an ongoing high-level investigation into the coup attempt.

Among the four high-level suspects is Brigadier-General Tefera Mamo, head of Amhara region’s special forces, the regional police commissioner revealed.

Adamu also said the coup attempt was orchestrated by Asaminew Tsige, who was the intelligence and security chief of the Amhara regional state.

Adamu said Tsige had convinced a few members of the region’s special forces to commit to the coup, adding the majority of the regional special forces members had no information about the planned coup.

Ethiopian Federal Police Commissioner General, Endashw Tasew, also told a press conference late Monday in the capital Addis Ababa that the Ethiopian government has intensified the large-scale crackdown on the organized coup attempt.

The failed coup attempt had left at least five senior federal and regional government officials dead, including the Amhara regional state president, Ambachew Mekonnen, as well as Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian defense forces, Seare Mekonnen, according to the Ethiopian government.

Among the five senior regional and federal government officials who are so far confirmed dead from the gunshot injuries also include Migbaru Kebede, Attorney General of the Amhara regional state, Ezez Wassie, who was an advisor to the Amhara region’s president, as well as Major-General Geza’e Abera, a retired former senior official in the Ethiopian army, the Ethiopian government confirmed Sunday.

While three of the regional government officials were killed in the Amhara regional state’s capital Bahir Dar, some 570 km from the capital Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian army chief and Abera were killed in an attack in the capital Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed disclosed in a statement.

"The two attacks in Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa were part of a highly coordinated mission led and masterminded by Brigadier-General Asaminew Tsige," Tasew said.

Tasew also said that if the federal and regional security apparatuses were not able to contain the coup attempt in time, it would have triggered serious damages with a potential of jeopardizing the country’s overall stability.
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Ethiopians bid farewell to high-profile victims of failed coup

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopians on Tuesday continued paying tributes to the high-profile victims of a failed coup attempt that targeted to overthrow Ethiopia’s second populous Amhara regional state’s administration.

The failed coup has so far left dead at least five senior federal and regional government officials, including the Amhara regional state president, Ambachew Mekonnen, as well as Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian defense forces, Seare Mekonnen, according to the Ethiopian government.

Among the five senior regional and federal government officials who are so far confirmed dead from the gunshot injuries also include Migbaru Kebede, Attorney General of the Amhara regional state, Ezez Wassie, who was an advisor to the Amhara region’s president, as well as Major-General Geza’e Abera, a retired former senior official in the Ethiopian army, the Ethiopian government confirmed Sunday.

While three of the regional government officials were killed in the Amhara regional state’s capital Bahir Dar, some 570-km from the capital Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian army chief and Abera were killed in an attack in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed disclosed in a statement that followed the failed coup d’etat attempt.

The Ethiopian Federal Police Commission (EFPC) also revealed on Tuesday that the two attacks in Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa "were conducted in a highly coordinated mission."

Ahmed, in a statement issued by his office, also disclosed that the man behind the deadly coup d’etat attempt was Brigadier-General Asaminew Tsige, who was the intelligence and security chief of the Amhara regional state.

Also on late Monday, state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) reported that Tsige, who was the suspected mastermind of the failed coup, "has been shot dead on the outskirt of the regional capital Bahir Dar."

Amid the fast-changing developments, the Ethiopian Minister of Defense, Lemma Megersa, also on late Monday described the incident as "an attack on Ethiopia’s sovereignty," which has left the East African country’s peace and security on a "crossroad."

Noting the escalating tensions both in the regional capital and Addis Ababa, the defense minister also called on the Ethiopian army "to remain united during this difficult time in Ethiopia’s history."

Following the deadly incident, the Ethiopian House of Peoples Representatives (HoPR) had also declared Monday as a national mourning day, which the House Speaker of the HoPR, Tagesse Chafo, described as a move "to remember and honor the highly respected fallen senior federal and regional government officials."

As part of the national day of mourning, Ethiopia’s flag was flown at half-mast throughout the country, as well as at Ethiopian embassies, consular offices and Ethiopian-owned ships outside the country’s territory.

While in the Amhara region, the regional government has also declared three-day regional mourning as its governance structure succumbed in disbelief.

While family members, senior Ethiopian government officials and members of the public gather in the late officials’ houses both in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar to pay tributes ahead of scheduled state-funeral slated for Wednesday, the Ethiopian government has vowed to bring individuals who are responsible for the deadly attack to justice.

State-run Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA) on Tuesday reported that some of the perpetrators that are believed to be part of the "hidden and organized" coup have been arrested, while a few others are at large.

The incident also triggered a total internet blackout throughout the East African country as the Ethiopian government launched nationwide crackdown on the organized coup attempt, mainly in the Amhara region and the capital Addis Ababa.
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
voices his concern over deadly incidents in Ethiopia

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday expressed deep concern over the weekend’s deadly incidents in Ethiopia, said his spokesman.

Guterres condemned the killing of the president of the Amhara region, the chief of staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Force and two other senior civilian and military staff, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, said in a statement.

Guterres called on all Ethiopian stakeholders to demonstrate restraint, prevent violence and avoid any action that could undermine the peace and stability of Ethiopia, said the statement.

The UN chief welcomed the commitment of the prime minister and government of Ethiopia to ensure that the perpetrators of these actions are brought to justice, it said.

The United Nations remains committed to supporting the Ethiopian government in its efforts to address ongoing challenges, said the statement.

The deaths occurred when a general tried to seize control of the state of Amhara in an attempted coup, according to the Ethiopian authorities.
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