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GUINEA-BISSAU

Soldiers fire at presidential residence

Text by: AFP
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Guinea-Bissau's president Joao Bernardo Vieira told his Senegalese counterpart that "mutinous" soldiers attacked his home early Sunday morning. The violence left at least one dead, one week after the release of parliamentary election results.

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Soldiers fired Sunday morning at the residence of Guinea Bissau's president Joao Bernardo Vieira, who called neighbouring Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade, the Senegalese presidency said.

"There was a mutiny. Guinea-Bissau's president called president Wade to inform him that soldiers opened fire on his residence," Wade's spokesman El Hadji Amadou Sall told AFP.

He added that "the situation was apparently under control" again in the early morning.

Reports of a mutiny follow exactly a week after parliamentary elections in the tiny West African country which provisional official results showed were won by the dominant African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC).

The international community also sees the elections as a crucial step in rebuilding the country a decade after it was torn apart by civil war in 1998 and 1999.

Guinea Bissau has been plagued by a series of bloody coups and uprisings, and in recent years has become a key transit point for cocaine from South America en route to the lucrative European markets.

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