Ethiopia’s federal police are searching for the leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front after government soldiers entered the Tigray regional capital, the prime minster said.
Abiy Ahmed added that Mekelle’s capture marked the “last phase” of the three-week conflict – but details are hard to confirm as communications are blocked.
The TPLF leader, meanwhile, vowed to fight on, in a statement to Reuters.
Hundreds have reportedly been killed in the conflict and thousands displaced.
It began earlier this month after Mr Abiy announced an operation against the TPLF, the regional party, accusing it of attacking the Ethiopian army’s northern command HQ in Mekelle.
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