Thursday, May 29, 2008

[Guinean news] Mutinous soldiers clash with presidential guard

Tension has continued to rise in Guinea and fears (hopes?) of a military coup are increasing.

Late on Wednesday, mutinous soldiers forced their way on to a runway at the Conakry International Airport and prevented an American military plane from landing.

The BBC reported that On Thursday, the soldiers set up roadblocks at the entrance to the administrative district, which houses the presidency, the army headquarters and some embassies. It added that Soldiers say that some of them have not received any pay since 1996, when an army mutiny nearly toppled the regime of Gen. Lansana Conté.

And perhaps most dramatically, there were armed clashes in Conakry between army soldiers and members of the presidential guard.

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