Ethiopia Army Chief Shot Dead in ‘Coup Bid’ Attacks

The chief of staff of the Ethiopian army, Gen Seare Mekonnen, has been shot dead by his own bodyguard in the capital, Addis Ababa.

He and another officer died trying to prevent a coup attempt against the administration in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara region, PM Abiy Ahmed said.

In Amhara itself, regional governor Ambachew Mekonnen was killed along with an adviser.

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 US state department has warned its staff in Addis Ababa to stay inside.

Ethnic violence has hit Amhara and other parts of Ethiopia in recent years.

Since his election last year, Mr Abiy has moved to end political repression by releasing political prisoners, removing bans on political parties and prosecuting officials accused of human rights abuses.

Africa’s oldest independent country, Ethiopia is also the continent’s second most populous (after Nigeria), with 102.5 million inhabitants from more than 80 different ethnic groups.

A transfer hub for long-haul air travel, it has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, but a vast number of young Ethiopians are without work.

What do we know about the attacks?

Gen Seare was killed on Saturday evening at 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 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.

Ambachew was killed at a meeting in his office along with his senior adviser, Ezez Wasie, while the region’s attorney general was wounded.

Lake Ayalew has now been appointed as the region’s acting governor.

The prime minister’s office accused Amhara’s regional security chief, Brig-Gen Asaminew Tsige, of plotting the coup attempt. It is unclear whether he has been arrested.

Many of those involved in the coup attempt are under arrest and operations are in progress to detain others, the PM’s press office said.

“The coup attempt in Amhara regional state is against the constitution and is intended to scupper the hard-won peace of the region,” it added.

“This illegal attempt should be condemned by all Ethiopians and the federal government has full capacity to overpower this armed group.”

(Source: BBC)


  1. Mwimbe m

    Sad news Rip

  2. Abit Ethiopian


  3. Gangsta grabs

    If guns were easy to come by Zambia would be a better country.Just give me and my junkiez some ak47 and its war my nigger,your carbinet ministers wont steal no more.I will grab a gun from drunk pala i know and go to war.

    • Gangsta Grabs2

      But you are a very big foolish idiot chikala.i have never heard anything sensible from you I fought if you are a human being

  4. E M

    Africa it’s coup after coup, corruption after corruption, dictators after dictators poverty after poverty, africa why

  5. Lisa

    We have seen it in Zambia where other tribes are heavily oppressed and completely sidelined in governance issues. It creates frustration and such is the resultant effects.

  6. King cool

    We don’t need that to happen in Zambia, we peace and quiet. Those who are advocating for violence will die in violence

  7. Nice

    So pepo saying “give give us some ak47 it will be war”.Tekanyani war nipa muzako

  8. ben

    Never trust your body guard or any armed person.If he gets mad, he spread bullets on you like baptism by sprinkling.

    • Galu imbwa dog

      Baptism by sprinkler kikikikikikikikiki 🐵 🐵

  9. Bantu botatwe

    Which tribe nayiwe, not in zambia.jonathan ba sir

  10. Gangsta

    When are they arresting chi gansta grabs kansi.you will be typing vaupuba when you are in mukobeko ask him(sunny chintombwa)☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️

  11. Bantu botatwe


  12. Birthright 95

    People fight for power in oder to gain political respect forgeting about the poverty and all the kind off suffering being experienced by the majority in Earthopia and not forgeting the whole world as at large.

  13. Jms

    Give those youths jobs survival ni kondo

  14. Simpito Mukandwa

    Sad news

  15. Ghat

    Rest in peace

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