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Head of Ethiopias military shot dead in attempted coup

In this image made from video, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announces a failed coup as he addresses the public on television, Sunday, June 23, 2019. The failed coup in the Amhara region was led by a high-ranking military official and others within the country???s military, the prime minister told the state broadcaster. (ETV via AP)

Ethiopias Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announces a failed coup today (Picture: ETV/AP)

The chief of staff of Ethiopias army has been shot dead by his own bodyguard.

General Seare Mekonnen was shot at his home in the capital, Addis Ababa, late last night,

A retired general visiting him at the time was also killed in the same attack.

Earlier, prime minister Abiy Ahmed said his government had foiled a coup attempt in the Amhara region.

Mr Abiy said the coup was led by a high-ranking military official and others within the countrys military.

He said some people had been killed and others wounded in the operation.

epa07667636 (FILE) Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) in Beijing, China, 27 April 2019 (Reissued 23 June 2019). Ethiopia???s Amhara state leader and his adviser were killed during a coup attempt in their state that was orchestrated by its top general, according to reports 23 June 2019. EPA/ALEXEY NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / KREM / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT *** Local Caption *** 55151860

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (Picture: EPA)

The US Embassy reported gunfire on Saturday in Addis Ababa and urged people to be careful.

In Bahir Dar, capital of Amhara, residents said they could still hear gunshots late on Saturday. Ethiopias internet appeared to be shut down on Sunday.

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The attempted coup in Amhara is the latest challenged to Mr Abiy, who was elected last year as a reform-minded young leader.

Mr Abiy has captured the imagination of many with his political and economic reforms, including the surprise acceptance of a peace agreement with bitter rival Eritrea, the opening of major state-owned sectors to private investment and the release of thousands of prisoners including opposition figures once sentenced to death.

በወቅታዊ ሁኔታዎች ላይ የተሰጠ ዝርዝር ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫ::

Press release regarding current issues. #PMOEthiopia pic.twitter.com/dSEC2qx0EE

— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) June 23, 2019

In light of last nights tragic events in #BahirDar &

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