Gunfire rang out in Mali’s capital on Thursday as drunken soldiers looted the presidential palace after seizing power in a coup.
Witnesses in Bamako described bursts of shooting south of the central Badalabougou area as further details emerged about the mutinous soldiers, who have formed themselves into the National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State (CNRDR).
The group appeared on Malian state television shortly after storming the presidential palace, stating that the government was incompetent. It has dissolved the constitution and democratic institutions, imposed a military curfew and closed the country’s borders.
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