‘Coup Contagion’ Doesn’t Explain the Guinea-Bissau Attack

‘Coup Contagion’ Doesn’t Explain the Guinea-Bissau Attack
Guinea-Bissau's president Umaro Sissoco Embalo addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 22, 2021 (AP photo by Eduardo Munoz).

Guinea-Bissau has launched a commission of inquiry into an armed attack widely believed to be a failed attempt to overthrow President Umaro Sissoco Embalo. Heavily armed men wielding assault rifles and machine guns surrounded and attacked government buildings Tuesday in the capital, Bissau, where Embalo was attending a Cabinet meeting along with Prime Minister Nuno Gomes Nabiam. The assault was followed by an hours-long siege at the complex that houses the prime minister’s residence as well as national ministries. Eleven deaths have been reported by a government spokesperson, a figure that reportedly includes members of the presidential guard.  Embalo later […]

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