Internet service being restored in Ethiopia

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Ethiopia began restoring internet access Tuesday, 10 days after service was cut following the assassinations of six top government officials.

On June 22, attackers shot and killed the Amhara governor and two other officials. On the same night in Addis Ababa, the country’s army chief and his close friend, a retired army general, were assassinated inside his residence by his bodyguard.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the killings in Amhara were a coup attempt.

The internet shutdown affected the entire country but in recent days a few locations were able to function.

“Internet has been restored in Addis Ababa today and it will be restored in other locations across the country as well, step by step,” Cherer Aklilu, secretary director of Ethio Telecom, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “All internet packages that users bought but were not able to use during the internet cut will be reimbursed.”

Ethio Telecom, the country’s state-owned monopoly of telecommunications services, also cut internet access two weeks ago during national school exams.