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Military Coup | Mutineers Stage a Coup d’état in Mali

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Posted August 18, 2020 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Military Coup ~ 904 views

     

The news out of Mali’s capital Bamako – is that elements of the Malian Armed Forces began a mutiny today August 18th after soldiers on pick-up trucks stormed the Soundiata military base in the town of Kati, where gunfire was exchanged before weapons were distributed from the armory and senior officers arrested. 

Tanks and armoured vehicles were seen on the town’s streets, as well as military trucks heading for the capital, Bamako. The mutineers, allegedly led by Colonel Sadio Camara, reportedly arrested Minister of Finance Abdoulaye Daffe, the Chief of Staff of the National Guard and Moussa Toumbine, speaker of the National Assembly. 

A mutiny leader later claimed that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse had been arrested at the former’s residence in Bamako. The AU Chairman Moussa Faki confirmed that Keïta, Cissé, and other officials had been arrested and called for their release. As news of the mutiny spread, hundreds of protestors gathered at Bamako’s Independence Monument to demand Keïta’s resignation.  Protestors also set a building belonging to the Ministry of Justice ablaze.

This is a developing story and updates will follow shortly!

Al Jazeera Video.


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