Wife says missing Ethiopian general in detention

Africa

The wife of a prominent Ethiopian war general who went missing earlier this week in the capital, Addis Ababa, says she can confirm that he was under detention in a northern city.

Brigadier General Tefera Mamo was a former commander of the Amhara Special Forces that are allied to the federal army in its fight against rebels from Tigray.

He had been critical of the government after he was removed from his position in February. His wife Menen Haile said that she had confirmed the general was under detention in Bahir Dar city, the capital of Amhara region.

But there are still many unanswered questions including how he was taken there and the accusations against him.

In a rare press statement on Wednesday, the Amhara region’s president Yilkal Kefale confirmed that some suspects were being detained in efforts to enforce law and order – without providing numbers.

He said those found not to have participated in criminal activities would be freed soon.

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