"We confirm that there has been an attempted coup against the leadership of the regional state of Amhara," Ethiopian press secretary Negusu Tilahun said.
He said the attempted coup in Bagh Dar Dar, the regional capital, failed
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abdi Ahmed said in a chirping that federal police have the right to "take action on instigators."
It was not known who was behind the failed coup.
Separately, the US Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a security warning stating that there were shots in the capital, as well as violence in and around Bachir Dar.
Amhara, led by Ambachev Meconen, is located in the northwest of Ethiopia and is one of the nine regional states in the country.