Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has been arrested by mutinying squaddies, a authorities spokesman has confirmed to the BBC.
Top Minister Boubou Cissé has furthermore been arrested, despite earlier appeals for “brotherly dialogue”.
The apparent coup strive in the West African nation began with gunfire at a key militia camp come the capital, Bamako, on Tuesday morning.
In the city younger males direct a authorities-owned constructing on fire.
The arrest of President Keïta and his top minister has sparked well-liked global condemnation.
It got here hours after disgruntled junior officers detained commanders and took withhold watch over of the Kati camp, about 15km (9 miles) from Bamako.
The unrest coincides with calls for extra protests to demand of that the president resign.
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It’s led by Col Malick Diaw – deputy head of the Kati camp – and one other commander, Gen Sadio Camara, BBC Afrique’s Abdoul Ba in Bamako reports.
After taking on the camp, the mutineers marched on the capital, where they had been cheered by crowds who had gathered to demand of President Keïtas’s resignation.
In the afternoon they stormed his attach of dwelling and arrested the president and his top minister – who had been each there.
The amount squaddies taking piece in the mutiny is unclear – as are their calls for. Some reports snarl it changed into fuelled by a pay dispute.
Kati camp changed into furthermore the main target of a mutiny in 2012 by squaddies infected at the incapacity of the senior commanders to pause jihadists and Tuareg rebels taking withhold watch over of northern Mali.
Footage from AFP news company confirmed a constructing owned by the justice ministry in Bamako ablaze on Tuesday.
Sports Shades of 2012
Evaluation by Will Ross, BBC World Service Africa editor
What began as a mutiny looks to obtain morphed right into a coup. That is also welcomed by the huge amount of protesters who had been out on the streets for months calling for President Keïta to step down.
Parallels will likely be drawn between these occasions and 2012 when the authorities’s mishandling of a riot led to at least one other coup.
Violent jihadists took just correct thing about that chaos to capture northern Mali. And so that they continue to direct off havoc throughout the gap.
Sports Why is the president unpopular?
Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta obtained a second term in elections in 2018, but there is well-liked madden over corruption, the mismanagement of the financial system and the worsening security field with jihadist and communal violence on the prolong.
In most well-liked months huge crowds led by populist imam Mahmoud Dicko had been calling on President Keïta to step down.
Worthy smaller crowds reportedly gathered in the capital on Tuesday in beef up of the squaddies.
Sports What has the reaction been?
United International locations Secretary Fundamental Antonio Guterres demanded the “unconditional launch” of Mali’s leaders and the “instantaneous restoration of constitutional show”.
The chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, acknowledged he “emphatically condemns” the arrests of President Keïta and his top minister.
The Financial Neighborhood of West African States (Ecowas) acknowledged: “This mutiny comes at a time when, for loads of months now, Ecowas has been taking initiatives and conducting mediation efforts with the complete Malian parties.”
Mali is a key terrifying for French troops combating Islamist insurgents throughout the Sahel space, and the outdated colonial changed into swiftly to react to Tuesday’s occasions.
The administrative center of French President Emmanuel Macron “condemned the tried mutiny below scheme” and his Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian urged the squaddies to return to barracks.