Guinea-Bissau's military has arrested acting President Raimundo Pereira and Prime Minister Carlos Gomes during an apparent coup, said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who is the current president of the U.N. Security Council.
Rice said that the men's whereabouts are not clear and that the council has "condemned the military action and urged the immediate restoration of civilian authority."
A statement put out by the group behind the coup bid, calling itself the Military Command, said the revolt was in response to a "secret deal" between the governments of Guinea-Bissau and Angola.
This "deal" was drawn up by the Guinea-Bissau government to allow Angolan troops in the country and mandates "Angola to attack Guinea-Bissau's military," a communique from the group said.