Ethiopia leader says coup attempt thwarted in regional state

AP , Sunday 23 Jun 2019

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced on television Sunday as the government said it had thwarted an attempted coup in a regional state of this Horn of Africa nation

PM Abiy
Ethiopian PM Ahmed Abiy at press conference on Sunday (Photo snapshot of Ehtiopian TV courtesy of AP)

Ethiopia’s government foiled a coup attempt in a region outside the capital, Addis Ababa, the country’s prime minister said in a televised address late Saturday.

The failed coup in the Amhara region was led by a high-ranking military official and others within the country’s military, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told the state broadcaster.

Some people had been killed and others wounded in the operation, Abiy said in his address without giving details.

The U.S. Embassy reported gunfire in the capital Saturday and urged people to be careful.

In Bahir Dar, capital of Amhara, residents told The Associated Press they could still hear gunshots late Saturday.

Ethiopia’s internet appeared to be shut down on Sunday.





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