02:42 GMT06 December 2020
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    Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Sunday that Army Chief of Staff Seare Mekonnen had been shot although his condition is not known, AFP reported, citing local media.

    On Saturday, the office of the nation's prime minister reported that a failed coup attempt against the head of the Amhara state had occurred, Reuters reported.

    "There was an organized coup attempt in Bahir Dar but it failed", Negussu Tilahun, a spokesman for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told state TV on Saturday, referring to the regional capital of the Amhara state, according to Reuters.

    Ahmed took to national television on Sunday to address the situation, AFP reported.

    The embassy of the United States in the African country issued an alert about reported gunfire in the capital of Addis Ababa.

    "The Embassy is aware of reports of violence in and around the city of Bahir Dar. Chief of Mission personnel are temporarily prohibited from traveling to Bahir Dar and the Amhara region", the statement said.

    The news comes amid ongoing instability in parts of the the African country. Ahmed took power last year after three years of protests forced his predecessor to step down.

    In May, several dozen people were killed as a result of ethnic clashes in the western region of the Amhara state, according to local media.

    Amhara was at the centre of anti-government protests in 2015 and much of 2016. The region protested against political and economic disenfranchisement, put upon them by the Tigrayan minority, which reportedly controls the ruling coalition party.

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