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Ethiopia army vows to combat extremist, illegal forces

Right: new army chief, General Adem Mohammed

Ethiopia army vows to combat extremist, illegal forces

By Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban | Africa News

The Ethiopian National Defense Force, ENDF, has commented on the country’s security situation vowing to do all it takes to keep out entities it described as “extremist and illegal forces.”

The meeting of Friday, June 20, was chaired by new army chief, General Adem Mohammed, and was attended by senior military officers. Their deliberations centered on an in-depth discussion on security and internal affairs of the army.

The state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate, FBC, said a Defense Ministry statement disclosed that the ENDF deplored the June 22 high-level assassination of Amhara regional officials and then army chief, Seare Mekonnen.

The official government communication said the security crisis in Amhara was a coup plot to overthrow the regional government.

A statement said the incident was directly related to the assassination of Mekonnen and a retired general who were working in the capital, Addis Ababa, to thwart the overthrow.

The army stressed that it was capable of discharging its constitutional mission of ensuring durable security across the country.

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