Soldiers stage coup d’etat in Guinea, capture President


By Salim Yunusa

Soldiers who staged an uprising in Guinea’s capital on Sunday said in a short broadcast on state television that they have dissolved the constitution and the government in the West African stat


However, the defence ministry said an attack on the presidential palace by mutinous forces had been put dow


Heavy gunfire had broken out near the presidential palace in Conakry on Sunday morning, with several sources saying an elite national army unit led by a former French legionnaire, Mamady Doumbouya, was behind the unres


An unidentified soldier, draped in Guinea’s national flag and surrounded by eight other armed soldiers, said in the broadcast that they planned to form a transitional government and would give further details late


The soldier spoke after videos shared on social media – which Reuters could not immediately authenticate – showed President Alpha Conde surrounded in a room by army special force


The defence ministry said the attemped insurgency had been put dow


“The presidential guard, supported by the loyalist and republican defence and security forces, contained the threat and repelled the group of assailants,” it said in a statemen


“Security and combing operations are continuing to restore order and peace



Earlier, videos shared on social media showed military vehicles patrolling Conkary’s streets and one military source said the only bridge connecting the mainland to the Kaloum neighbourhood, which houses the palace and most government ministries, had been sealed o


Many soldiers, some heavily armed, were posted around the palace, the source added.ff..”t.n.s.r.t.n.e.

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