Guinea’s coup: President Alpha Conde arrested [Videos + Pictures]
Guinea’s coup: President Alpha Conde arrested by the military following a coup d’etat in the country Sunday afternoon. According to reports, as well as photos and videos, the country’s president is under house arrest.
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Earlier reports indicated that there were shots fired in the heart of the Guinean capital Conakry. The area is close to the presidential palace, but was not known who was responsible.
A senior government official said on Sunday that President Alpha Conde was unharmed but gave no further details. A military source told the Reuters news agency that the bridge connecting the rest of the town to the Kalum neighborhood. It shelters most of the ministries and the presidential palace, but had been sealed and numerous soldiers were posted around the palace.
According to a military source, the shootout involved angry members of the Special Forces, an elite army corps.
The source hasn’t told us what caused the anger.
Coup d’état in Guinea, president arrested
Another military source said that the only bridge connecting the continent with the Kaloum neighborhood. The military houses most of the ministries and the the presidential palace, but had been closed. Numerous soldiers, some heavily armed, were posted around the palace
Three witnesses in Reuters reported seeing two civilians shot and wounded.
“I see groups of soldiers heading towards the presidency. There has been a lot of shooting,” said Ousmane Camara, a resident of Kaloum.
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The pictures shared on social media showed violent shootings over the city. A vehicles full of soldiers approaching the central bank, near the palace.
Two convoys of armoured vehicles and pick-up trucks were seen heading towards Conakry Autonomous Port. It was accompanied by a white vehicle that looked like an ambulance.
Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque, reporting from Dakar in neighbouring Senegal. He said troops had been deployed in downtown Conakry, but residents instructed over loudspeakers to remain indoors.
Haque said the area near the Kaloum Hotel was the scene of the shooting and President Conde would have been nearby.