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'Counter coup' gunfight in Mali's capital Bamako

Malian troops who launched a coup over the month ago and members of the presidential guard have exchanged fire in the capital Bamako, officials and witnesses say.

A junta spokesman said guardsmen loyal to ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure were trying to reverse the coup.

Local journalist Martin Vogl reporting from Bamako said clashes continued around the state broadcasting building and several other locations in the capital late into the night.

  • 01 May 2012
  • From the section Africa