A coup d'état attempt failed to oust Amhara region government head Ambachew Mekonnen in Bahir Dar on Saturday, June 22. The coup attempt comes amid heightened political tensions and unrest in the country as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attempts to push political reforms. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the coup attempt.
Gunfire has been reported in Bahir Dar and clashes were ongoing in the regional capital as of Saturday evening (local time). A heightened security presence and sporadic gunfire are to be expected in Bahir Dar over the coming hours. Demonstrations are possible over the incident over the near term.
Individuals in Bahir Dar are advised to monitor developments, refrain from nonessential movement, avoid all large public gatherings, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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