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Possible mutiny in Mali after gunfire was heard at army base

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There are reports of a possible mutiny in Mali after gunfire was heard on Tuesday at an army base outside Mali’s capital Bamako.

Local media reported that residents around the army base in Kati, outside Bamako said they heard the gunfire at the base.

The army base was where a mutiny in 2012 led to a coup d’etat.

Reuters also reported that a source who handles security for non-governmental organisations in Mali said gunfire had also been heard near the prime minister’s office.

There have been no reports of any attack on state TV and there are no reports of who was behind the gunfire.

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The Norwegian Embassy and security sources have also revealed that there is a possible mutiny under way.

“The embassy has been notified of a mutiny in the Armed Forces and troops are on their way to Bamako. Norwegians should exercise caution and preferably stay at home until the situation is clear,” the Norwegian Embassy said in an alert to its citizens.

“Yes, mutiny. The military has taken up arms,” a security source was also quoted by Reuters.

Meanwhile DW reported that the leader of the coup could be Colonel Sadio Camara.

Several high-ranking politicians and officials have been kidnapped, including Finance Minister Abdoulaye Daffe and the National Guard’s chief of staff, DW reported.

It also said the national broadcaster, ORTM, has been evacuated.

The French Embassy in Bamako said on Thursday that “Because of serious unrest this morning, Aug. 18, in the city of Bamako, it is immediately recommended to remain at home.”

A military spokesman has confirmed that gunshots were fired at the base in Kati, but gave no further information.

Mali has been in turmoil compounded by a political crisis and insecurity as protesters call for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.


Thousands of Malians stage another major anti-government protest


Source: Africafeeds.com

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