Ethiopia: 250 Rounded Up in After-Coup Security Sweep

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More than 250 people have been arrested in Ethiopia suspected of being involved in violence last weekend described by the authorities as a failed regional coup.

Five top officials, including the head of the army, and a number of other people died as a result of attacks in the northern Amhara state and the capital, Addis Ababa.

Among those arrested are more than 200 security officers in Amhara and more than 40 individuals in Addis Ababa.

The announcement was made by what is been called the Joint Task force for Security and Justice, which said that there had been plans to kill more government officials.

It also said that 27 AK-47s had been found, as well as two machine guns and a number of pistols.

The task force will also look into whether the violence in Amhara and Addis Ababa were linked. The authorities had previously said there was a definite link.

State television has also revealed the identity of the bodyguard who is alleged to have killed the head of the military, Gen Seare Mekonnen, and another general in the capital.

It displayed his picture and said Corporal Mesfint Tigabu was being treated for gunshot wounds in intensive care.

Order appears to have returned to the country and the internet is partially working after being shut down for four days.

By Kalkidan Yibeltal

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