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Toure troops mount counter-coup

Soldiers from the presidential guard seized control of Mali’s television headquarters and the airport.

Toure troops mount counter coup
Mali,Junta,Bamako,Amadou Toumani Toure
World

Pretoria - Soldiers from the presidential guard seized control of Mali’s television headquarters and the airport.

Troops loyal to ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure mounted a counter-coup on Tuesday.

Overnight fighting in the capital Bamako left several dead.

Soldiers from the presidential guard, dubbed the Red Berets, seized control of the strategic locations.

On Tuesday morning, Mali's ruling military junta said it was back in control, but gunfire could be heard across the capital.

Mali's coup leaders received international criticism and tough regional sanctions.

The junta did allowed an interim civilian government, but recoiled at allowing the West African bloc, Ecowas, to send in troops to help counter-separatist rebels in the north of the country. 

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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