Heavy shooting around presidential home in Guinea

President Alpha Conde of Guinea

Heavy shooting broke out overnight where Guinea’s president has his private home and residents of the neighbourhood say the shooting could be heard until dawn. Some witnesses in the city’s Kipe district said they heard heavy weapons fired by the military for more than two hours, subsiding around 5:30 am. Police had closed off access to the administrative centre of the city, at Kaloum, A resident of President Alpha Conde’s Kaporo Rails neighborhood said that the shooting began at around 2 a.m Tuesday. He asked not to be named because he feared for his safety. He says the gunfire stopped at first light. He says the red beret-wearing presidential guard had blocked the November 8 bridge that leads into downtown Conakry. Soldiers were searching passing cars.

Guinea has a history of coups. It held its first free and fair election in its history late last year. Conde became president in November last year, taking over from amilitary junta after the coup-wracked west African country’s first democratic election since gaining independence from France in 1958. This incident is unfolding just days after President Alpha Conde joined his counterparts in the Mano River Union, Presidents Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone, Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast  and  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, in Monrovia the Liberian capital, in a regional development conference. It also comes just week after a close ally of former Junta leader, Dadis Camara was arrested after it was claimed he accused Sekouba Konate, the Junta successor to Camara, of embezzling over $20 Million of state funds.

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