Guinea-Bissau Quells Attempted Coup, Official Says

By Salon Staff

Published December 26, 2011 6:18PM (EST)

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau (AP) — An army official in Guinea-Bissau says there has been a failed coup attempt while the ill leader of the West African country is believed to be undergoing medical treatment abroad.

Army chief Antonio Indjai said Monday that "the situation is under the control of the army and government" after the attempt early Monday. He says Navy chief Natchuto Bubo was arrested in connection with the incident.

Top officials met Monday evening to discuss the situation.

President Malam Bacai Sanha had been undergoing medical treatment in a Paris hospital, though the French Foreign Ministry on Monday declined to say whether he was still in France.

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

Salon Staff

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