Assassination bid: 37 Guinea troops held

2011-07-20 17:03
Conakry - Guinean security forces have arrested 37 soldiers in the wake of a rocket attack on President Alpha Conde's home in Conakry, a military source told AFP on Wednesday.

Most of those arrested are close allies of General Sekouba Konate, who led a transition government, and of former junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara who led the country between 2008 and 2009 after seizing power, the source said.

An influential colonel nicknamed "De Gaulle" who has ties to Konate is among those arrested, as well as Alpha Oumar Diallo, a commander and ally of former president Lansana Conte who died in 2008 after a 24-year rule.

All the suspects are being held at the national police headquarters in Conakry, the source added.

He said former army chief Nouhou Thiam, who was arrested on Tuesday, was still in custody and considered a suspect.

Conde escaped unhurt after a rocket hit his home in the early hours of Tuesday morning, but a member of his presidential guard was killed and two others injured as they fought off an attack for over two hours.

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