Ethiopia arrests suspect in U.S. diplomat’s death

February 11, 2009

ADDIS ABABA, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Ethiopian police have arrested a local man suspected of killing of a U.S. diplomat at his home in Addis Ababa, officials said on Wednesday.

The unnamed suspect was being transferred to the capital after he was detained by officers at Were-Illu village in the remote north of the country on Tuesday.

Local media reported that a laptop computer, mobile telephone, camera and several documents belonging to the U.S. diplomat had been found in his possession.

Diplomatic sources said the 25-year-old victim worked in the U.S. embassy’s consular section and had apparently been stabbed to death. His body was found at his home on Feb. 2.

State Department officials in Washington named him as Brian Adkins and said Ethiopia was his first foreign assignment. (Reporting by Tsegaye Tadesse; Editing by Louise Ireland and Daniel Wallis)