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Mali arrests counter coup leader

2012-07-12 22:16

Bamako - Mali's government says the military has arrested an army colonel who directed a parachutist regiment that attempted to stage a counter coup in April.

In a statement released late on Wednesday, the government said Colonel Abidine Guindo led the group of soldiers, also known as the Red Berets.

All of the strategic locations they managed to gain control of in April were quickly recaptured by forces loyal to the junta leader, Captain Amadou Sanogo.

Sanogo and a group of soldiers in Mali toppled the country's democratically elected president in March. The junta leaders then handed power over to an interim government in April, but still wield power.