Update on Ethiopian coup: US orders citizens to stay indoors

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The United States State Department has directed its staff and other US citizens in Addis Ababa to stay indoors until violence arising from the aborted coup in Ethiopia is completely brought under control.

Apparently, the US staff would be staying off office duties until normalcy returns to the Ethiopian capital.

National Dailylearned that the Police and military personnel are still in search of the fleeing coup plotters, killing whoever they can find.

The Ethiopian Police on Monday confirmed the killing of the suspected ringleader of Saturday’s aborted coup in Amhara region, Brigadier General Asaminew Tsige

The Police explained that Brigadier General Asaminew Tsige was shot dead while attempting to escape from his hideout in Amhara capital.

The Ethiopian Government acknowledged that the Army Chief, General Seare Mekonnen, was shot dead by his bodyguard while trying to foil the coup on Saturday.

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Reports indicated that ethnic violence hit Amhara and other parts of Ethiopia in recent years over reforms implemented by the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister was said to introduced reforms to end political repression by releasing political prisoners, removing bans on opposition political parties and overseeing the prosecution of officials accused of human rights abuses. He further restored diplomatic relations with Ethiopia’s former long-time adversary, Eritrea.

His reforms were said to have provoked powerful interests in the country’s military and ruling coalition who plotted to bring him down. He was said to have escaped death at different times from explosions at public events.

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