President of Guinea ‘captured by army in attempted coup’ amid ‘heavy gunfire’
The Metro says the leader of the west African nation of Guinea has been captured in a suspected coup by members of his own armed forces, according to reports.
Unverified footage showed soldiers detaining President Alpha Condé, 83, as the rebels issued declared they had ‘taken’ him and dissolved the government.
But the situation remained unclear as Mr Condé’s defence minister was quoted a short time earlier as saying an attack on the presidential palace had been ‘repulsed’.
Local media described the assailants as a unit of elite special forces led by a former French legionnaire, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya.
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