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Former FM Seyoum Mesfin, two top TPLF political leaders killed in Tigray

Former Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin is killed during an exchange of fire with his guards. He, along with Abay Tsehaye and Asemelash Woldeselassie

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Abay Tsehaye (left), Seyoum Mesfin (middle) and Asmelash Woldeselassie (right) (photo; EBC)

January 13, 2021 

It is now confirmed that former Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Seyoum Mesfin and two other top Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) political leaders were killed in an exchange of fire. 

Abay Tsehaye and Asmelash Woldeselassie, both among the top political leaders of TPLF, are also killed. They were both members of the executive committee of TPLF. 

According to the Ethiopian Defense Force, they were killed in their hideout — which is said to be a cave along the Tekeze river bank. The river runs about 608 kilometers before it joins Atbara. It is unclear as to where exactly they were killed.

Ethiopian State media,EBC, cited Brigadier General Tesfaye Getachew to report that Seyoum Mesfin and his comrades were killed on Wednesday after a joint operation by the Ethiopian Defense Force and the Federal Police. 

There was an exchange of fire with their defense unit that is said to be annihilated. 

The Ethiopian Defense Force said they were ring leaders behind the plan to attack the Northern Command and then to destabilize Ethiopia. 

Brigadier General Tesfaye Ayalew recalled that the government asked them to surrender within 48 hours after the Defense Force took control of Mekelle over a month ago. 

Furthermore, he said that another effort was made when the government sent elders from the region as mediators to convince them to disarm. They were promised a trial in a court of law. 

Brigadier General Tesfaye Getachew added that they escaped from Mekele with force that was entrusted to protect them. The Force that was protecting them in the cave is also annihilated. Colonel Hagos Kiros, who reportedly abandoned the Defense Force to change sides after the attack on the Ethiopian Defense Force on November 4, 2021, was also killed along with his forces. 

The Defense Force also reported that it has captured three colonels who were all members of the Defense Force before they deserted. Their names are : Colonel Gebremeskel Gebrekidan, Colonel Fisseha Berhe and Colonel Zerebruk Tadesse. Commander of Tigray region special forces, Gebrekidan Asgedom, is captured. 

Mebrehatom Kinde, who was an official in the Tigray regional state, is also captured alive. 

The Defense Force also indicated that the anticipation of military victory among TPLF supporters and sympathizers is unrealistic. His advice for the supporters is “they are gone forever.” 

Meanwhile, the hunt operation to capture the rest of the TPLF leaders is underway. Unconfirmed reports on social media on Wednesday said that former Tigray region president and chairperson of TPLF, Debretsion Gebremichael and spokesperson of the organization, Getachew Reda have surrendered. 

The reception to the news of the death of Seyoum Mesfin, Abay Tsehaye and Asmelash Woldeselassie was indifference. A considerable number of Ethiopian activists seem to believe that it has been weeks since they were killed. For them, the news is released on Wednesday because Abiy Ahmed’s government is trying to cover the massacre of ethnic Amhara and ethnic Agaw in the Benishangul region of Ethiopia.  

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  1. Seyoum Mesfin must have been high on his own product if he really tried shooting his way out to escape at his age. He should have just gave himself up same as Sebhat Nega , Keria Ibrahim and the other TPLFites who surrendered without a fight. I wonder if Abay Tsehaye was high of Seyoum Mesfin’s cocaine too, if he really tried to fight back those that were closing in at his location.

    There is no news yet about how much or if any cocaine was found where Seyoum Mesfin was found, which raises suspicion whose hands is Seyoum’s drug ring empire in now?

    Seyoum Mesfin’s one of Africa’s biggest, if not the biggest African illegal drug smuggling network empire does not just evaporate into thin air just because Seyoum Mesfin is dead.

  2. Nobody wanted war except those goons from the top shelf the TPLF, the organization they wrestled away with conniving and murder. Mind you elders that included community and religious notables pleaded and begged the megalomaniacs to come to a truce table. It was told that those religious elders were holding one of the most sacred and spiritually respect symbol of Christianity, the Cross, pleading and begging. They threw themselves on the floor with it asking the despots to come to their senses. What did Chairman Debre and his pagan cabals do? On the return trip they shunned the elders and were said to have told them to go back to where they came from. Not long after that they began going into provocative spree where they climaxed with the barbaric slaughter of members of the defense forces that were there to protect primarily the citizens of Tigray. Then what are the rest of Ethiopians supposed to do? Just let these pagan brutes send that gem of the colored to smithereens? When they butchered thousands of young soldiers and innocent daily laborers it was supposed to be just other casualties of war but when these bloodthirsty despots are hunted down and killed in a fair fight it becomes ‘genocide’. All such nonsense boils down to what I had written earlier on this website. These goons and their running dog operatives are gripped with this fantasy of martyrdom. The canonization has already started. We should all be prepared stories of bravado by Seyoum and others how they fought to the finish and by the time they were dead there were 200 enemy soldiers also lying dead around them. Tsehaye’s exploit was even more legendary unseen in the history of battles. He took down one thousand two hundred enemy soldiers and took his own life with the last bullet left in the magazine of his bolt action gun from the 1870’s France. Fusil Gras, that is. Stay tuned and keep checking some of their running dogs websites.


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