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Junta spokesman: Counter-coup attempt in Mali
Anti-junta forces trying to force a counter-coup in Mali, junta spokesman says
By The Associated Press

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) ' A spokesman for Mali's military junta says soldiers who back the previous government are trying to stage a counter-coup in the country ' and that they were aiming to seize the airport.

It's been just over a month since a group of soldiers toppled Mali's democratically elected president. Since then, the mutinous soldiers have handed over power to an interim civilian government, but the exact role of the junta remains unclear.

Junta spokesman Bakary Mariko says the anti-junta forces have the support of mercenaries from the region, and pledged to fend them off.



He says the anti-junta forces are trying to "take control of the airport so they can fly in" troops from West Africa's regional bloc.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) ' Witnesses say pro- and anti-junta forces have clashed in Mali's capital, just over a month since a group of soldiers toppled the country's democratically elected president.

Bakary Doucoure, an eyewitness, said there was fighting Monday around the building that houses the country's national broadcaster and that ambulances were at the scene.

The broadcaster has been in the hands of the military junta ever since the March 21 coup. Since the coup, the mutinous soldiers have handed over power to an interim civilian government, but the exact role of the junta remains unclear.

Another eyewitness, Fela Ba, says he saw a large convoy of military vehicles heading to the town of Kati just outside Bamako, where the junta has set up its headquarters.


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