Guinea putschists say President Alpha Conde has been ‘taken’ and his government dissolved.
According to DW Africa, a government statement however says they have been repulsed.
A statement on DW Africa official facebook page said “it all started when heavy gunfire broke out near the presidential palace in Guinea’s capital, Conakry”.
The statement added that “Several sources said an elite national army unit led by a former French legionnaire, Mamady Doumbouya, was behind the unrest”.
83-year-old President Alpha Conde won a controversial third term in October after changing the constitution to allow him to stand again despite violent protests from the opposition, raising concerns to backslide in a region that has seen coups in Mali and Chad in recent months.
At the time of filing this report, the BBC however reported that, there has been sustained heavy gunfire near the presidential palace in the centre of Guinea’s capital, Conakry.
“It is not clear what is behind the shooting but it is said to involve a unit of the country’s special forces”.
Soldiers are patrolling the otherwise deserted streets of the central Kaloum district, as terrified residents heed their orders to stay at home.
According to the BBC, a senior government official told Reuters that President Alpha Condé was unharmed but gave no further details.