28 September 2022,   19:01
Guinea-Bissau: Many dead after coup attempt, president says

The president of Guinea-Bissau has said he survived a coup attempt after being under heavy gunfire for five hours, writes BBC.

Umaro Sissoco Embaló said the attackers tried to kill him and his entire cabinet at the government palace.

He said many others had been killed in the fighting on both sides. Local media reported at least six deaths - four attackers and two guards.

The attackers were linked to drug trafficking in the country, he said, without providing further details.

Gunfire erupted near government buildings on Tuesday in the capital of the West African nation, where the president was attending a cabinet meeting.

A security source, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC that gunmen in civilian clothes had opened fire and a police officer had been killed. Some initial reports also said that the cabinet had been captured.