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Suspected mastermind of Ethiopia attacks shot dead: State TV

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office had named Asaminew as the chief suspect in an “attempted coup” in Amhara that left the region’s president, top adviser and attorney general dead on Saturday.

The security chief of Ethiopia‘s northern Amhara state, suspected of being behind a coup bid in the region and of possible links to the assassination of the army chief, has been shot dead, State media reported Monday.

“Asaminew Tsige, who has been in hiding since the failed coup attempt over the weekend has been shot dead” in the regional capital Bahir Dar, State broadcaster EBC reported.

A few hours later in what the government said appeared to be a coordinated attack, the army chief Seare Mekonnen was killed by his bodyguard.

Asaminew was only last year released from almost a decade in prison over a 2009 coup plot under an amnesty.

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