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• PM Dr. Abiy Ahmed confirmed the assassination of military chief, General Seare Mekonnen

• Internet completely shut down

• Cheif of Staff of Ethiopian Defence Force, Seare Mekonnen, hospitalized after an attempt on his life at his residence

Internet shutdown in Ethiopia amid reports of attempted coup

Ethiopia’s internet has been largely disconnected starting 8:15 p.m. UTC Saturday 22 June 2019 and having nationwide impact as of 9:00 p.m. UTC, as reports emerge of an attempt to unseat regional state government in Amhara, north of capital Addis Ababa.

National IP connectivity dropped to 2% of normal levels as the Prime Minister’s secretariat appeared live on Ethiopian Television to explain, “armed men tried to unseat the Amhara Regional State Government by force but their attempt has been foiled.”

Data indicate that the outages have progressed to nationwide impact, after regions in the north, including Amhara State and eastern regions first went offline as word of the coup spread ultimately leaving 98% of Ethiopia offline, a situation that is ongoing at the time of writing.

 

#US embassy issues security alert in Ethiopia.

Coup underway in #Ethiopia.

Gunfire in the capital #AddisAbaba & other cities.

Senior generals loyal to PM killed.

PM appeared in military uniform on TV & called for unity.

Ethiopia’s Amhara region rocked by coup attempt, officials say
US embassy issues security alert

Ethiopian officials say a coup attempt on Saturday against the Amhara regional government has failed.

“We confirm there has been a coup attempt against the leadership of the Amhara regional state,” said Ethiopian Press Secretary Negussu Tilahun.

He said the coup attempt in Bahir Dar, the regional capital, had failed.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a tweet that federal police have been authorized to “take action on the instigators.”

It was not immediately known who was behind the failed coup.

Separately, the US Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a security alert saying it is aware of shots being fired in the capital, as well as violence in and around Bahir Dar.

Amhara, led by Ambachew Mekonnen, is located in the northwestern part of Ethiopia and is one of nine regional states in the country.

 

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