Soldiers are reported to have arrested Mali President Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta in an attempted coup in the country.
Also reported to have been arrested by the soldiers was the country’s Prime Minister Boubou Cissé days after appealing for dialogue.
On Tuesday, gun fires could be heard and later on an attack on a government building was reported in the country’s capital Bamako.
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According to BBC, the coup begun with the arrest of senior commanders by their juniors a move that was criticized.
Protests were already ongoing demanding the President to step down accusing him of a number of things including insecurity and corruption.
African Union at large has criticized the arrest calling for his release as investigations are underway to determine the number of soldiers involved in the operation.
France through their Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian seconded African Union calling on the soldiers to return to the barracks.
The foreign Minister also urged people of Mali to stay at home for the safety at a time when things are volatile in the country.