Ethiopia’s Attempted Coup Mastermind Killed

Police in Ethiopia has gunned down a suspected ringleader of Saturday’s failed coup in Amhara region.

Brig-Gen Asaminew Tsige was reportedly killed as he attempted to escape from his hideout in Amhara’s capital, Bahir Dar.

The attempted coup resulted in the death of Ethiopia’s army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen whom the government said was killed while trying to foil the putsch.

Ambachew Mekonnen, who was the Amhara governor was also killed on Saturday. Both Mekonnen and Gen Sare were seen as close allies of the prime minister Abiy Ahmed.

Reports indicate that heavy a contingent of pro-government forces has been deployed in Amhara’s capital, Bahir Dar, and the federal capital, Addis Ababa.

Following the attempted coup, the internet has been shut down across the country.

Prime Minister Ahmed survived a grenade attack at a rally last year that killed two people and left more than 100 injured.

Ironically, the grenade attack occurred on the same day that a ZANU PF rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo was rocked by a suspected grenade attack that also killed 2 people and left scores injured.

More: BBC News

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