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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed said on Sunday (June 23, 2019) that the chief of staff of the army and the head of northern Amhara state were killed in two attacks when a general carried out a coup attempt to seize power in the state. Abu Ahmed appeared on state television wearing a military uniform late last night, announcing the attempted coup.

A statement from the office of Abe said that the President of the State Ampacho Mcconen and his adviser were shot dead and injured the prosecutor in Amhara city Bahr Dar, the state capital on Saturday evening. In a separate attack, linked to the attack, Ethiopia's army chief of staff, General Siri Mukonen, and another retired general were shot dead by Siri's bodyguard at the headquarters of the chief of staff in Addis Ababa.

Abe's office pointed out that General Asamniu Tseiji, chief of security in Amhara state, was responsible for the failed coup but gave no details of his whereabouts. According to media reports, Asamnio was released from prison last year after being pardoned in a similar coup attempt.

My father took power more than a year ago and carried out unprecedented reforms in Ethiopia, Ethiopia's second-largest population and one of the continent's fastest growing economies. But his changes in the ranks of the military and intelligence services have earned him some powerful enemies while his government is still struggling to contain growing ethnic violence including Amhara.

An official in the capital, Addis Ababa, told Reuters the shootings took place as federal officials met with the president, an ally of Abe, to discuss ways to address Assamnio's recruitment of ethnic militias in public.

Asamniou had spoken to ethnic Amheri, one of Ethiopia's largest ethnic groups, in a video posted on Facebook that a Reuters reporter saw a week ago advising them to arm themselves. Residents in Bahr Dar said the shooting continued for at least four hours on Saturday evening and some roads were closed.

"Most of the people who attempted the coup were arrested, but a few are still at large," Brigadier-General Tvira Mamo, commander of the special forces in Amhara, told state television on Sunday. He did not give details about Asamniu.

Since taking office, Abe has released political prisoners, lifted the ban on political parties and has ruled officials accused of gross human rights abuses, but his government faces ethnic violence that the iron fist of the authorities has been credited with curbing in the past.

AMMAN (Reuters)

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