Ethiopian Military Chief Killed After Failed Coup

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Ethiopian state media announced on June 25 that Brigadier General Asamnew Tsige has been captured and killed. Asamnew was accused of launching a coup attempt in the region of Amhara. 

Attacks over the weekend left five dead, including several members of the regional government of Amhara, which is home to the Amhara people, Ethiopia’s second-largest ethnic group. Asamnew was accused of orchestrating the attacks that killed the army’s chief of staff General Seare Mekonnen and Amhara’s regional president Ambachew Mekonnen on June 22.

Retired General Gezai Abera and Seare were allegedly assassinated by the latter’s bodyguard at his home in Addis Ababa, the nation’s capital, on June 22. Officials confirmed that the bodyguard was being treated for gunshot wounds after previously reporting that he had killed himself, the BBC reported.

In a separate attack that same night, Ambachew, his advisor, and Amhara’s attorney general were shot in the regional…

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