Two Guinea military chiefs arrested over attack: president

19th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Guinea's President Alpha Conde said two military leaders suspected of being behind a deadly rocket attack on his residence were arrested on Tuesday.

He said he avoided being hurt in the overnight attack, in which a member of his presidential guard was killed, since he was not sleeping in his bedroom when it was blasted with bazookas and rocket-propelled grenades.

"We have managed to get hold of the deviant military chiefs," he said on French radio station RFI. "The two principal leaders have been arrested."

He declined to identify those arrested but said that "clearly some people are not happy" about his reforms of the military, which included centralising funds to pay officers in order to curb corruption.

"I call on the people to be calm and I ask everyone to go back to work," said Conde, who was elected president in November. "My worry is for the unity of the country and reconciliation."

© 2011 AFP

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