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Interim president of Mali injured - claim

2012-05-21 18:38

Bamako - A witness says that the interim president of Mali has been taken unconscious with a head wound to a hospital amid a day of protests.

An Associated Press reporter saw protesters break into the palace compound on Monday but it is not clear whether interim President Dioncounda Traore was there, or how he was injured.

Sekou Yattara, a medical student at Point G Hospital, said Traore has a head wound and was unconscious when he was brought in.

Security forces killed three people after several hundred protesters stormed Mali's presidential palace on Monday and physically attacked caretaker President Dioncounda Traore, a spokesman for soldiers behind a March 22 coup said.

"He [Traore] has just been rushed to hospital... They beat him seriously and tore his clothes," Bakary Mariko, spokesperson for the CNRDRE body of soldiers who last month agreed to allow a transition back to civilian rule, said by telephone.

"This is a spontaneous crowd. There were three dead and some injured by gunshot amongst the demonstrators. Dioncounda's security shot at people," he said, adding that the protesters were now leaving the palace.

Thousands of supporters of junta leader Captain Amadou Sanogo protested at the presidential palace in Bamako, angry about a deal that extends Traore's stay in power.