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Junta spokesman: Counter-coup attempt in Mali

Junta spokesman: Counter-coup attempt in Mali

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.


Updated : 2021-04-15 00:33 GMT+08:00