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Ethiopia says plotter of failed coup is killed by military

news1ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A spokesman for the Ethiopian prime minister’s office says the army brigadier general accused of leading a failed coup against a regional government has been killed in a firefight with the security forces.

Nigussu Tilahun told The Associated Press that Brig. Gen. Asamnew Tsige was killed Monday on the outskirts of Bahir Dar, capital of the restive northern Amhara region.

Ethiopian forces had been hunting down Asamnew since soldiers loyal to him on Saturday attacked a meeting of the Amhara government, killing the regional governor and his adviser.

That attack was followed hours later by the assassination in Addis Ababa of the Ethiopian army chief and a retired army general by a bodyguard.

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