Ethiopians mourn slain army chief


Ethiopia is holding a memorial service in the capital, Addis Ababa, for the army chief of staff and another general who were shot dead on Saturday as part of what the authorities have called a coup attempt in the northern state of Amhara.

Army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen was killed by his bodyguard while trying to foil the coup, the government said. Gen Gezai Abera, who was with him, was also shot dead.

Among the mourners are Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (centre) and President Sahle Work Zewde (right).

Roads in Addis Ababa have closed amid tight security ahead of the memorial service, Reuters news agency reports.

The two bodies will be taken to the generals’ home state of Tigray where they will be buried later this week.

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