National day of mourning declared in Ethiopia

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National day of mourning declared in Ethiopia

A national day of mourning has been declared in Ethiopia to mark the deaths of four top officials in what the government says were coordinated killings as part of a coup attempt in Northern Amhara state.

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Army Chief of staff General Seare Mekonnen was shot dead by his own bodyguard in Addis Ababa on Saturday night.

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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that General died trying to prevent a coup attempt.

In Amhara, the regional governor Ambachew Mekonnen was killed along with his adviser Ambachew and his senior adviser Ezez Wasie at a meeting in his office.

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The United Nations has called on Ethiopians to show restraint and prevent more violence following the assassinations.

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The government said the coup attempt was led by the head of security in Amhara, Asaminew Tsige, who is said to be on the run.

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He was found guilty of a coup plot against the national government in 2008 and was handed a life sentence.

He was later released last year following an amnesty from Prime Minister Abiy after serving for 9 years.


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