Ethiopia  authorities held a memorial for the assassinated army chief of staff during a failed coup bid along with four other senior officials.

Ethiopia  authorities held a memorial for the army chief of staff who  was assassinated  along with four other senior officials during a failed coup bid at the weekend.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed,  who survived a grenade attack at a rally in his honour last year, sat in the front row at the memorial and wiped tears from his eyes with a white handkerchief.

The coffins of army chief of staff Seare Mekonnen and a retired general, both shot dead on Saturday by Seare’s bodyguard in the national capital Addis Ababa, were wheeled into the hall, draped in Ethiopian flags.

 Ethiopia has been left reeling after apparently coordinated attacks last week in northern Amhara state.

Mourners began wailing and crying out long before proceedings began. “They have sacrificed a lot for this country,” one woman shouted in Amharic. “We love them, but now we have lost them forever.”

The wailing grew louder when a screen showed Abiy, wearing all black and sitting next to Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde, sobbing and bowing his head in prayer.