A reported coup within the West African state of Guinea-Bissau has left many members of the safety forces lifeless, its president says.
Umaro Cissoko Embaló stated the state of affairs was underneath management, calling it a “failed assault towards democracy”.
Gunfire erupted close to a authorities constructing on Tuesday within the capital Bissau the place the president was reportedly attending a cupboard assembly, studies BBC.
Troopers are stated to have detained the president and his ministers.
Unidentified closely armed gunmen attacked the federal government palace whereas President Embaló was assembly Prime Minister Nuno Gomes Nabiam inside, based on studies from the bottom.
A safety supply who didn’t need to be recognized advised the BBC that gunmen in civilian garments had opened fireplace and a police officer had been killed.
West African regional leaders described the incident as a coup try and urged troops to return to barracks.
However what occurred stays unclear: it isn’t but identified who the gunman have been and the president didn’t give a precise determine for these killed.
One of many poorest nations on this planet, the previous Portuguese colony has seen 9 coups or tried coups since 1980.
Battling a large overseas debt and an financial system that depends closely on overseas help, the nation has additionally change into a transit level for Latin American medicine, main it to be dubbed by some as Africa’s first narco-state.
On Tuesday night Mr Embaló stated the “nicely ready and organised” assault might have been “associated to individuals concerned in drug trafficking,” however gave no additional particulars.
Whereas Mr Embaló gained the December 2019 presidential election, he confronted a last-minute stand-off with parliament earlier than taking workplace the next February.