US diplomat found dead in Ethiopian capital

February 5, 2009 21:35


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A young American diplomat has been found dead at his house in the Ethiopian capital and foul play is suspected, US and Ethiopian officials said Thursday. A US State Department official in Washington said the body of Brian Adkins was discovered Saturday in Addis Ababa on his 26th birthday. The official said Adkins had not been the subject of any threats but foul play appeared to be involved. "It could have been random crime. We just don't know," the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity due to privacy concerns. Michael McClellan, a spokesman for the US Embassy, said the death was being investigated by the Ethiopian federal police.

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