Alleged Coup in Guinea Bissau, Possible Multiple Casualties

Heavy gunfire was reported in Guinea-Bissau’s capital on Tuesday while President Umaro Sissoco Embalo was meeting with members of his government at the government palace.

The government palace was reportedly surrounded by heavily armed men while troops filled the streets. 

Footage taken reportedly from outside the palace showed men firing a rocket-propelled grenade while another video clip showed people running for cover as explosions and gunshots filled the air. 

It is not yet known who was attacking the palace and whether it was an attempted coup or an act of terror.

There is also no official report of deaths or injuries while there are several unconfirmed reports that at least two people have been killed so far. 

Neither Embalo nor the Guinea-Bissau government has made a statement on the incident.

West African regional bloc ECOWAS  raised concerns about the situation in Guinea-Bissau and condemned the ongoing violence. 

“ECOWAS is following with great concern the evolution of the situation in Guinea-Bissau…where military gunfire is taking place around the government palace. ECOWAS condemns this attempted coup and holds the military responsible for the safety of President Umaro Sissoco Embalo and members of his government,” said ECOWAS. 

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