Guinea Rocked by Reports of Coup Attempt

The fate of Guinea’s President Alpha Condé is unclear after an unverified video showed him in the hands of soldiers, who said they had staged a coup, media reports say.

However, the defense minister has been quoted as saying the attempted takeover had been thwarted.

This follows hours of heavy gunfire near the presidential palace in the capital, Conakry, according reports the BBC.



Soldiers are patrolling the otherwise deserted streets of the city center after residents of the central Kaloum district have heeded their orders to stay at home.

The only bridge connecting the mainland to the Kaloum peninsular, which houses most ministries and the presidential palace, has been sealed off and many soldiers, some heavily armed, have been posted around the palace, a military source told Reuters news agency.

President Condé was re-elected for a controversial third term in office amid violent protests last year.

– Agencies

 

Featured Image: There are reports that different military factions are fighting each other [Photo AFP]

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