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Gunshots heard near Guinea-Bissau presidential palace

Gunshots heard near Guinea-Bissau presidential palace
February 01
16:46 2022

Sustained gunshots were heard near the presidential palace in Bissau, capital city of Guinea-Bissau, on Tuesday.

Though it is not yet clear those behind the gunfire, soldiers are said to have surrounded the building where President Umaro Sissoco Embaló is reportedly attending a cabinet meeting.

Since independence from Portugal in 1974, Guinea-Bissau has suffered a series of coups, military revolts and political assassinations.

The incident is feared to be a coup attempt — a resurging trend in West Africa in recent months.

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The West African region experienced military takeovers in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso in August 2020, September 2021 and January 2022, respectively.

If successful, a coup in Guinea-Bissau will be the fifth in the West African region in the past 19 months.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday, allayed fears of a possible military takeover in Nigeria, saying the country “has passed through that state for good”.

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