Possible military coup underway in Mali

As tension continues to rise in Mali, there are reports of a possible military coup in the conflict-torn country.

Possible military coup underway in Mali lailasnews

According to nearby witnesses, soldiers fired gunshots into the air at a military base in Kati, a town 15 kilometers (nine miles) from Bamako, though it remained unclear who was firing at whom.

Sources told DW that the leader of the coup could be Colonel Sadio Camara. DW also learned that several high-ranking politicians and officials have been arrested, including the Minister of Finance Abdoulaye Daffe and the chief of staff of the National Guard.

The French Embassy in the West African country was quick to react, urging people to stay inside their homes.

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Alhagie Jobe wrote on Twitter;

#BREAKING: A military coup in #Mali. According to reports, the leader of the coup could be Colonel Sadio #Camara.
Meanwhile, several high-ranking politicians and officials have been kidnapped, including Finance Minister Abdoulaye #Daffe and the National Guard’s chief of staff.

#Mali national broadcaster, #ORTM has been evacuated. According to ORTM employees, a group of possible coup-leaders should be on their way to the station

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

“The embassy has been notified of 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.

#Mali: A military convoy apparently heading to the national tv & radio services #ORTM, whose staff has since been evacuated. The Chief of Staff of the National Guard is also reportedly arrested as possible military coup underway

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