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25 Jun 2019 | 05:58 AM UTC

Ethiopia: Suspected coup plotter killed, scores arrested June 24 /update 3

Ethiopia News Alert

Security forces kill suspected coup leader and arrest 182 in crackdown on June 24; continued security operations and associated disruptions, including internet outages, likely in coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/24/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Addis_Ababa). COUNTRY/REGION Bahir Dar, Amhara region, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Security forces killed Brigadier General Asaminew Tsige outside Bahir Dar (Amhara region) on Monday, June 24, according to a government spokesman. At least 182 others have been arrested as of Monday in a security crackdown across the country, including four high-ranking regional security officials in Amhara. Further security operations and violence are likely in the coming days along with associated disruptions, including road closures, checkpoints, heightened security presence, and continued telecommunication and internet disruptions.

Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa remains operational as of Tuesday morning (local time), June 25.


Gunmen killed four major political figures, including the Amhara regional president and the Ethiopian army chief of staff, in twin attacks in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar (Amhara region) on Saturday, June 22. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed labeled the attacks an attempted coup and has blamed Brigadier General Asaminew Tsige, the head of Amhara region's security.

The nation's internet service has been shut down since Saturday.


Individuals in Ethiopia, particularly Addis Ababa and Amhara region, are advised to monitor the situation, refrain from unnecessary movement, remain vigilant for security operations and militant behavior, anticipate heightened security measures and transportation and telecommunication disruptions, maintain redundant modes of communication, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home government.


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