ETHIOPIA: Coup attempt, developing story
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia said there was a failed coup attempt against the head of one of the country’s nine regional states on Saturday, underscoring the challenges facing the new prime minister as he tries to spearhead political reforms amid widespread unrest.
“There was an organized coup attempt in Bahir Dar but it failed,” Negussu Tilahun, spokesman for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, told state TV on Saturday, referring to the regional capital of Amhara state.
He said efforts were under way to apprehend the coup plotters, who he said attempted to oust Ambachew Mekonnen, the regional government head in Amhara, north of the capital Addis Ababa.
It was unclear who might be behind the unrest, and no group had publicly claimed responsibility.
Three residents of Bahir Dar, who asked not to be named because they feared for their safety, said they heard gunfire.
One said it erupted in the town at around 6:30 p.m. (1530 GMT) and continued for some time.
“There is gunfire … roads to the area where we are hearing the gunfire are closed,” the resident told Reuters by phone. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-security/ethiopia-says-coup-attempt-against-leader-of-amhara-state-failed-idUSKCN1TN0MR
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