Ethiopia coup mastermind on the run – Govt.


The Ethiopian government has announced that the suspected mastermind of the foiled coup attempt in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara region is on the run with some of his supporters.

“The main people behind the failed coup are still at large and the security forces are hunting them,” The prime minister’s press secretary, Negussu Tilahun said.

Tilahun however added that a number of other plotters have been arrested.

Authorities have accused General Asamnew Tsige of leading the gun attacks that killed four people including the national army’s chief of staff and Amhara’s state president on Saturday night.

The prime minister’s office said army chief of staff Seare Mekonnen and a retired officer were shot by Seare’s bodyguard at his residence in the national capital Addis Ababa, while Amhara state president Ambachew Mekonnen and an adviser were also killed in the region’s main city Bahir Dar.

The prime minister’s spokesman said calm has been restored in both Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar.

Parliament speaker Tagesse Chafo said on state television that the country will observe a day of national mourning to honour the dead.

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