Family there has been a coup attempt in Ethiopia’s Ahmara region. As a security measure, internet was shut down on Saturday. Today there has been some reprieve and we have Internet at the African Union only. So you can imagine…we have diplomats from across the world sitying at African Union HQ lobby to access internet.
Here are the latest details.
The suspected ring-leader of Saturday’s failed coup attempt in Ethiopia’s Amhara region has been shot dead, police say. Brig Gen Asaminew Tsige was killed as he attempted to escape from his hideout in Amhara’s capital, police added.
Ethiopia’s army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen was killed while trying to foil the coup, the government said.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has urged Ethiopians to unite against “evil” forces set on dividing the country. Flags are flying at half-mast after the government declared a day of mourning to mark the deaths of loyalists.
Gen Seare and Amhara governor Ambachew Mekonnen, who was also killed on Saturday, were seen as close allies of the prime minister. A heavy contingent of pro-government forces has been deployed in Amhara’s capital, Bahir Dar, and the federal capital, Addis Ababa.
The Internet has been shut across the country, days after services resumed following an earlier blackout attributed to school exams.
Source: AMB. Emmanuel Mwamba.