In Ethiopia, Chief of Army Staff, General Seare Mekonnen was shot dead by his own bodyguard in capital Addis Ababa. He along with northern Amhara region`s chief officer died trying to prevent a coup attempt against the administration in the region.
Gen Seare was killed on his residence along with another general, Gezai Abera, by the bodyguard who is now in custody, the prime minister’s press office says. The government says the situation is under control after arrests were made. The prime minister has gone on TV to urge Ethiopians to unite in the face of “evil” forces set on dividing the country.
The government says it has reason to think the attack was linked to the assassination of the governor of Amhara a few hours earlier in the region’s capital, Bahir Dar. The US state department has warned its staff in Addis Ababa to stay inside.
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18 July, 2019