Three senior members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), including former foreign minister, Seyoum Mesfin, have been killed, the Ethiopian Defense Forces (EDF) announced on Wednesday.
Seyoum Mesfin was killed alongside Asmelash Woldeselassie, ex-parliamentary chief whip, Abay Tsehaye, former federal affairs minister and Kiros Hagos, a military officer who reportedly defected from the EDF a few months ago, were killed when the four men defied commands to surrender, Tesfaye Ayalew, the head of the deployment department with EDF told Ethiopian News Agency.
In recent days, the federal army announced that it had arrested and killed a number of TPLF political and military leaders who were accused of perpetrating an attack against the northern command of the federal army. Among those arrested were Sebhat Nega, veteran TPLF politician and former executive director of the Ethiopian Foreign Relations Strategic Studies Institute, Abay Woldu, Tigray region’s former president, Abraham Tekeste, the region’s former vice president and finance minister in the federal government from 2016 to 2018. Solomon Kidane, former deputy mayor of Addis Ababa, Tekelewoyni, former CEO of Relief Society of Tigray and, Kidusan Nega, former speaker of the region and one of the siblings of Sebhat were also arrested.