'Dozens' killed in foiled Ethiopia coup attempt - regional government

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  • Wednesday, 26 Jun 2019

Ethiopian Army Generals carry the flag-draped coffin of Ethiopian Army Chief of Staff, Seare Mekonnen who was killed by his bodyguard, during his funeral ceremony in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Dozens of people were killed in fighting during a foiled coup by a rogue state militia in Ethiopia's Amhara region at the weekend, the regional government spokesman said on Wednesday, the first official report of significant clashes.

The militia attacked the police headquarters, ruling party headquarters and president's office -- where they executed three top officials -- in Amhara's regional capital of Bahir Dar on Saturday, Asemahagh Aseres told Reuters on the sidelines of a state burial for the officials who were killed.

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