The head of the Ethiopian army is shot by his own bodyguard

Hours after a coup in the state of Amhara, the head of the army of Ethiopia is shot dead by his own bodyguard

  • General Seare Mekonnen was killed with him in the capital Addis Ababa
  • The head of the Ethiopian army was shot down by his bodyguard just hours after an attempted coup was suspected by the Chief Commissioner.
  • Murder in connection with previous & # 39; hit squad & # 39; attack on a meeting of officials in Amhara
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The army leader of Ethiopia was shot by his bodyguard a few hours after an attempted coup.

General Seare Mekonnen was killed in his home in the capital Addis Ababa.

His murder was linked to an earlier & # 39; hit squad & # 39; attack on a meeting of officials in the state of Amhara, 300 miles to the north, killing government leader Ambachew Mekonnen.

General Seare Mekonnen (middle ridge) was killed in his home in the capital Addis Ababa. Pictured, Ethiopia & # 39; s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (left in the middle) walks alongside Shams-Eddin Kabashi, the Transitional Military Council spokesperson for Sudan, earlier this month

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General Seare Mekonnen (middle ridge) was killed in his home in the capital Addis Ababa. Pictured, Ethiopia & # 39; s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (left in the middle) walks alongside Shams-Eddin Kabashi, the Transitional Military Council spokesperson for Sudan, earlier this month

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the attempted coup – allegedly led by Amhara & # 39; s head of the Asaminew Tsige security service – and the violence in Addis Ababa seemed to be coordinated.

William Davison, an analyst with peace activists from the International Crisis Group, said: & We don't know what the broader intentions of the attackers were. It is not clear that there was an organized plan to take over the regional government, but it is possible, & # 39;

The Prime Minister took office last year and his radical reforms – not least from the military and intelligence services – have brought him powerful enemies.

Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki (center) is welcomed by Ethiopia, Prime Minister of Abiy Ahmed (right) and Seare Mekonnen (center left), arriving at Bole International airport in Addis Ababa. The Prime Minister took office last year

Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki (center) is welcomed by Ethiopia, Prime Minister of Abiy Ahmed (right) and Seare Mekonnen (center left), as he arrives at Bole International airport in Addis Ababa. The Prime Minister took office last year

Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki (center) is welcomed by Ethiopia, Prime Minister of Abiy Ahmed (right) and Seare Mekonnen (center left), arriving at Bole International airport in Addis Ababa. The Prime Minister took office last year

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