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Newsline: U.S. Embassy in Senegal disapproves Guinea-Bissau coup attempt

Soldiers have arrested Guinea-Bissau’s prime minister and interim president, power in the country’s capital was shut off, and the country’s state radio has been compromised. Although the military actions have faced sharp disapproval from the U.S. Embassy in Senegal and a group representing the West African nations, it’s unclear what’s actually going on other than an attack on the country’s prime minister and interim president. According to the BBC, military officials are holding Guinea Bissau Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Jr. and Interim President Raimundo Pereira captive. Soldiers armed with rocket-propelled grenades and Kalashnikov rifles also took control of the ruling party headquarters and the state radio station and rounded up politicians as gunfire resounded and ambulance sirens wailed in the capital Bissau, which was plunged into darkness as electricity was cut off. The country has seen six coups or attempted coups since the 1980s.


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