Coup: Alpha Condé Arrested amidst Heavy Gunfire in Conakry

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A Coup led by Lt. Col. Bunya has taken place in Conakry, Guinea.

Report monitored has stated that members of a faction of the Armed Forces of Guinea driving around the central neighbourhood of Kaloum in Conakry earlier today, September 5, 2021 after sustainable gunfire that rocked the city.

There are also reports that different military factions are fighting each other

There has been sustained heavy gunfire near the presidential palace in the centre of Guinea’s capital, Conakry.

Soldiers are patrolling the otherwise deserted streets of the central Kaloum district, as terrified residents heed their orders to stay at home.

A senior government official told Reuters that President Alpha Condé was unharmed but recent video shows the Condé seated by a soldier in camouflage – looking terrified.

A Western diplomat told the AFP news agency he had “no doubt” it was an attempted coup.

There has been no word from the authorities in the West African country.

The only bridge connecting the mainland to the Kaloum peninsular, which houses most ministries and the presidential palace, had been sealed off and many soldiers, some heavily armed, were posted around the palace, a military source told Reuters.

There are unconfirmed reports that three soldiers have been killed.

President Condé was re-elected for a third term in office amid violent protests last year, after a mending the country’s constitution to pave way for his return.

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