Rebel troops on Malian state TV
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Renegade Mali soldiers announce takeover

Rebel troops have appeared on Malian state TV to announce they have seized control of the country, hours after attacking the presidential palace.

The rebels said that a nationwide curfew was in force, and that the constitution had been suspended.

The renegade troops had staged a mutiny on Wednesday, trading gunfire with soldiers loyal to the government.

The BBC's Daniela Ritorto reports.

  • 22 Mar 2012
  • From the section Africa