Ethiopia security forces kill alleged coup leader

The failed putsch on Saturday led to the killing of five senior officials, including the army chief of staff.

A newspaper shows the pictures of Amhara state President Ambachew Mekonnen and Army Chief of Staff Seare Mekonnen, who were killed [Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]
(Al Jazeera News) – Ethiopian security forces have killed the man accused of orchestrating a failed coup d’etat in the northern Amhara region over the weekend.

General Asamnew Tsige, who allegedly led the coup attempt, was shot on Monday near the Amhara state capital Bahir Dar, the prime minister’s press secretary, Negussu Tilahun, told Reuters news agency on Monday.

Tilahun declined to give any other details.

“Asaminew Tsige – who has been in hiding since the failed coup attempt over the weekend – has been shot dead,” state broadcaster EBC reported.

The failed putsch on Saturday led to the killing of five senior officials, including the army chief of staff. The latest to die was the attorney-general of Amhara state, Migbara Kebede, who succumbed to his wounds on Monday.

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