Ethiopia arrests senior police official in connection with killings of government officials


Authorities in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara regional state on Monday announced they have arrested a senior police official in connection with the killings of government officials last June.

Seid Mohammed, former head of Amhara police commission communication and media section, was arrested over suspected involvement in killings of high ranking government officials on June 22, said a press statement from Amhara region police commission.

The statement didn’t detail what kind of criminal charges Mohammed is expected to face or if there are other senior officials besides him who were arrested in connection with the June 22 killings.

A spate of deadly shootings on June 22, characterized by the Ethiopian government as a coup attempt, left several high ranking government officials dead including Ambachew Mekonen, Amhara regional state president, and Migbaru Kebede, Attorney General of the Amhara regional state.

The deadly shootings also killed Ezeze Wassie, who was an advisor to the Amhara region’s president.

The deadly shootings were reportedly masterminded by Asaminew Tsife, former security chief of Amhara regional state, who was killed in a shootout with security forces several days later.

The deadly shootings also triggered a total Internet blackout throughout the East African country as the Ethiopian government launched nationwide crackdown, mainly in the Amhara region and the capital Addis Ababa. Enditem

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