April 1st, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Army chief seized in Guinea-Bissau upheaval

Army officers in Guinea-Bissau, the small West African nation, briefly seized the prime minister and arrested the nation's army chief on Thursday, and media reports quote another army officer as saying he is in control of the country.

The incident apparently stems from a power struggle in the nation's military.

Maria Adiatu Nandigna, government spokeswoman, and Iancuba Djola NDjai, the president's military and security adviser confirmed the latest developments in a country that has seen much political and military turbulence over the years.

The officers seized Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior and few Cabinet members for about three hours, Nandigna said. They were freed and reinstated as hundreds of people demanded their release after hearing the news of the arrests, she said.

Army chief Zamora Induta was also placed under arrest but has not been freed, NDjai said. He remains at the Army headquarters in the capital city of Bissau, he said.

The military officers say they have demands regarding Induta and the prime minister but it isn't known what they are, NDjai said.

NDjai said Guinea-Bissau's president, Malam Bacai Sanha, was meeting with his advisers to discuss the situation. NDjai, who said the capital is "calm," noted the president had said "the situation is under control."

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  1. Doc Holiday

    the somali pirates did it!!!!!!

    April 2, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. iano

    I am from Guiné-Bissau, but I've been living in Europe for nine years.

    It's really sad this country has been disturbed for more than a decade, i mean since 1998 we haven't really feel the freedom

    that these bunch of illiterated have been claimed that they fought for. Thiscountry was one of the most peaceful in west Africa if not in the world, objectively nobody knows why any time the government brings the reform programme to the table, those people who call themself freedom fighter start brutality, disturbing the country like it's their own property.
    I wonder we are in 21century some still use weapons to solve the problem that is not even a problem, but a question of comprehension...

    By the way I am not so good in English but I hope is understandable..

    January 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |