Wednesday, May 28, 2008

[Guinean news] Defense minister sacked; more army unrest

The Guinean defense minister Gen. Mamadou Bailo Diallo has been sacked, according to Guinéenews. No replacement has apparently been named.

The news caused panic in the capital as shooting was heard at the Samory Touré military camp in central Conakry.

“We don’t know if they are shots of joy or something else,” a Conakry resident explained to Guinéenews. The resident also claims to have seem vehicles filled with armed soldiers headed toward the presidential palace, reportedly to reinforce presidential security.

Mutinous soldiers also ransacked the home of Gen. Bailo in the coastal city of Dubréka, which is also the hometown of the head of state Gen. Lansana Conté.

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