Monday, November 24, 2008

Outrage after president's home attacked in Guinea-Bissau 'mutiny'

BISSAU (AFP) — A west African delegation was due in Bissau Monday to show solidarity after a gun battle at the residence of Guinea-Bissau President Joao Bernardo Vieira left one suspected mutineer dead and several government soldiers wounded.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was among those expressing strong concern and condemnation of Sunday's incident which came just a week after elections intended to bring stability to the west African nation, one of the smallest and poorest on the continent.

"A group of soldiers last night tried to get hold of an arms depot in the president's residence," an official from the army's general staff said. "There was an exchange of gunfire."

Three of the attacking soldiers were arrested, but others made off with some weapons including rocket launchers, a senior interior ministry official said.

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