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Nearly 250 arrested in relation to last week assassination

A task force established following the assassination of officials in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar said that nearly 250 individuals have been arrested for an alleged connection to the killings, which was ruled as a failed coup d'etat pending the full investigation of the incident, The Reporter has learnt.

The individuals were arrested in Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa, according to a statement issued by the taskforce.

“We are still investigating the link between the two incidents in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar,” said the taskforce in a statement.

The taskforce has also revealed the identity of the alleged killer of General Seare Mekonnen. It said that Mesafint Tegabu, a bodyguard of the army chief, was the one who has shoot and killed Gen. Seare and his friend Maj. Gen Gezai Abera.

Furthermore, the taskforce has disclosed the seizure of different kinds of firearms in Addis Ababa in the wake of the General’s assassination at his residence in the capital.

In related news, the National Movement of Amhara (NAMA), a relatively newer party which is growing in popularity in the region, has disclosed that its members are being arrested in different parts of the country including Addis Ababa.

Established a year ago, NAMA is said to be among the few parties in Amhara Region which rival the ruling party, Amhara Democratic Party, in popularity.

Earlier this week, the party has condemned the killings in the two cities. Moreover, it has announced its refrainment from labeling the incident as a coup; and called for an independent investigation of the incident.