Heavy gunfire rang out in the centre of the Guinean capital Conkary on Sunday morning and troops were seen on the streets, with a Western diplomat in the city describing the events as an attempted coup.
The government in the west African nation has not yet commented on the situation. The whereabouts of President Alpha Conde is not yet clear.
Guinea — one of the world’s poorest countries despite boasting significant mineral resources — has long been beset by political instability.
On Sunday, residents reached by telephone in Conakry’s Kaloum peninsula — the government quarter — reported hearing sustained gunfire.
Speaking on condition of anonymity for their safety, they reported seeing a number of soldiers on the streets who called on residents to return to their homes and stay there.
One resident said that he had seen a “column of military vehicles with…
Source: Guardian Newspaper