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Ethiopian detains wife of alleged coup leader

The Ethiopian security agencies have arrested the wife of alleged mastermind of the failed coup in Amhara region.

The police detained Woizero Desta Assefa, the wife of Brigadier General Asaminew Tsige, in Burayu, outskirts of captal Addis Ababa.

The daughter of slain General, Mahlet Asaminew confirmed the arrest of her mother.

Burayu town police said that Woizero is in police custody and that her arrest is related to coup in Bahir Dar in the seat of Amhara regional state on June 22.

The town’s head of security and administration, Solomon Tadesse, said that she was arrested in accordance with the law as police seek to gather more information regarding the coup attempt.

Ethiopian government accuses the late Brigadier General Asaminew Tsige, who was head of Amhara region peace and security, as coordinator of coup against Amhara regional state on late last month which led to the killings of the region’s president, Ambachew Mekonnen, his advisor Ezez Wasse, and the region’s attorney general, Migbaru Kebede.

Three hours after the killings of three of Amhara region’s leaders in Bahir Dar, Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Defense Force, General Seare Mekonnen was killed in his residence while coordinating a military response to the coup.

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