A coup was attempted in Guinea on Sunday, “Jeune Afrique” magazine reported, citing sources. It added that the coup was organized by the special task forces led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who previously served in the French Foreign Legion.
Forces loyal to Guinean President Alpha Conde have detained 25 soldiers who participated in the military coup attempt. The military blocked the routes 50 kilometers from the city.
Reuters reported that heavy gunfire was heard near the presidential palace in Conakry, while many soldiers and convoys of military vehicles were patrolling the streets.
Conakry, the capital of the west African nation, is home to the presidential office, as well as many other institutions and businesses.
The only bridge connecting the mainland to the Kaloum neighborhood, where the presidential palace and ministries are located, has been sealed off, and that heavily armed soldiers were standing around the palace.
According to AFP, some residents who were reached by telephone in Kaloum reported sustained gunfire and said they had seen many soldiers telling residents to return home and remain inside.
Videos, reportedly of the incident, have emerged online, showing a residential area and shots and voices heard in the background. Another video shared online shows armed men in military uniforms standing near their vehicles.
Reuters has quoted a senior government official who said that President Alpha Conde was unharmed. The official, however, did not provide further details.
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