MUTINY ALERT: GUNFIRE HEARD IN MILITARY CAMP STOKES FEARS OF COUP ATTEMPT IN MALI
Reports of soldiers taking up arms and firing gunshots at an Army base near Mali’s capital Bamako on Tuesday morning has stoked fears of a possible coup attempt in the country.
Several witnesses have said they heard gunshots coming from the Soundiata Keïta camp in Kati, which is about 15 kilometres from Bamako which houses one of the largest military strongholds in the country.
The Norwegian embassy has put its citizens on alert warning of suspected mutiny.
"The embassy has been notified of a mutiny in the Armed Forces and troops are on their way to Bamako. Norwegians should exercise caution and preferably stay at home until the situation is clear," the Norwegian Embassy said in an alert to its citizens.
The French embassy also urged its citizens in Mali to stay home. "Because of serious unrest this morning, August 18, in the city of Bamako, it is immediately recommended to remain at home."
The situation in Bamako remains unclear, but some sources say some top military officials have been arrested.