Gun­fire heard at Mali army base

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BA­MAKO: Gun­fire was heard on Tues­day at an army base out­side Mail's cap­i­tal Ba­mako as the Nor­we­gian Em­bassy and se­cu­rity sources said a pos­si­ble mutiny was un­der way. Lo­cal res­i­dents and se­cu­rity sources said there was gun­fire at the army base in Kati, about 15 km (9 miles) out­side Ba­mako, where a mutiny in 2012 led to a coup d'etat, al­though it was not im­me­di­ately clear who was fir­ing at whom. A source who han­dles se­cu­rity for non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions in Mali said gun­fire had also been heard near the prime min­is­ter's of­fice.

Kal­ifa Na­man, a se­nior of­fi­cial at state tele­vi­sion ORTM, said its head­quar­ters has been evac­u­ated. There have been no re­ports of any at­tack on state TV, which was still broad­cast­ing recorded progam­ming, as usual. "The em­bassy has been no­ti­fied of a mutiny in the Armed Forces and troops are on their way to Ba­mako. Nor­we­gians should ex­er­cise cau­tion and prefer­ably stay at home un­til the sit­u­a­tion is clear," the Nor­we­gian Em­bassy said in an alert to its cit­i­zens. "Yes, mutiny. The mil­i­tary has taken up arms," a se­cu­rity source said. A mil­i­tary spokesman con­firmed that gun­shots were fired at the base in Kati, but said he did not have any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

Op­po­nents of the cur­rent pres­i­dent, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, have led mass protests since June call­ing on Keita to re­sign over what they say are his fail­ures to re­store se­cu­rity and ad­dress cor­rup­tion.

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