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Africa

Gunfire exchanged in Mali's capital

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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-04-30

Gunfire broke out in the Malian capital on Monday when presidential guard members loyal to ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure attempted to reclaim parts of Bamako in a counter-coup. Junta officials say they have maintained control.

AFP - Gunfire broke out in Mali's capital on Monday, with troops who took part in last month's military coup and the guard of the newly installed president exchanging shots, witnesses said.

The shooting in central Bamako followed an attempt by junta loyalists to arrest a member of the presidential guard, witnesses said.

The guardsmen, or "Red Berets," have voiced anger over the arrest of former army chief by soldiers who took part in the March 22 coup that toppled ex-president Amadou Toumani Toure weeks before an election.

The US embassy in Bamako, through its Twitter account, reported the shooting, but did not specify the groups involved.

"Gunfire reported in ACI2000, vicinity of ORTM, and possibly other areas of #Bamako. U.S. Citizens advised to shelter in place," the embassy tweeted.

The referred to area is near the office of the national television and radio station (ORTM), which the junta seized on the night of its coup and has continued to occupy.
 

Date created : 2012-04-30

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