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Ethiopia declares national mourning after officials killed in ‘coup attempt ‘

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In the wake of Saturday’s killings of four top officials flags are flying at half mast in Ethiopia as that country observes a day of national mourning.

TV stations are running statements of condolence and solidarity by a number of federal and regional officials.

Religious leaders have called for calm.

Meanwhile, residents of the capital, Addis Ababa, can be seen going about their regular activities, but the internet shutdown continues.

General Mekonnen was shot dead by his bodyguard in the capital, Addis Ababa.

He and another officer died trying to prevent a coup attempt against the administration in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara region.

His death has been linked to the assassination of the governor of Amhara hours earlier in the region’s capital, Bahir Dar.

The Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, had gone on TV to urge Ethiopians to unite in the face of what he calls “evil” forces set on dividing the country.

Meanwhile, there is a man hunt for the suspect who is on the run.

Source: BBC News

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