Coup in Guinea-Bissau


Late Thursday night government troops seized part of the country’s capital, including the ruling party’s headquarters and the national radio and TV stations. So far the army has not made any official statements.

Outgoing prime minister and presidential hopeful, Carlos Gomes Junior’s home came under attack, and he was kidnapped by some of the troops. His location is unknown. Nor is the where abouts of Raimundo Pereira, the country’s interim president, known.

After the loud night, filled with military vehicles, gunshots, and explosions; the streets have been very quiet, with many people deciding to stay home.

Soldiers have taken up stations around foreign embassies, including the UN offices. They appear to be keeping anyone from seeking refuge on in the embassies.

The Economic Community of West African States, as well as other nations, have condemned the coup, calling for the return of order and law.

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