Conflict & Justice

Mali coup: Government overthrown, Bamako looted

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Soldiers crowd a truck in a street of Bamako on March 22, 2012. Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure, who was forced to flee his palace during an overnight coup, is well and in a safe location, a loyalist military source told AFP Thursday. Toure, who was to step down after an election scheduled for April 29, is "in good health... and in a safe location" following the seizure of power by a group of renegade soldiers, the official said without elaborating.

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HABIBOU KOUYATE

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    Soldiers crowd a truck in a street of Bamako on March 22, 2012. Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure, who was forced to flee his palace during an overnight coup, is well and in a safe location, a loyalist military source told AFP Thursday. Toure, who was to step down after an election scheduled for April 29, is "in good health... and in a safe location" following the seizure of power by a group of renegade soldiers, the official said without elaborating.

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    HABIBOU KOUYATE

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    This picture taken in Bamako on March 23, 2012 shows a pillaged social security building. Mali's Tuareg rebels pressed on with an offensive in the north as mutinous soldiers faced a global backlash for staging a coup over the government's handling of the insurrection.

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    STR

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    This picture taken in Bamako on March 23, 2012 shows a pillaged social security building. Mali's Tuareg rebels pressed on with an offensive in the north as mutinous soldiers faced a global backlash for staging a coup over the government's handling of the insurrection.

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    STR

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    Photo of a TV screen taken on March 22, 2012 shows a group of soldiers in Mali announcing a curfew for Bamako, the capital.

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    ISSOUF SANOGO

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    Mali junta leader Captain Amadou Sanogo poses surrounded by his fellow soldiers in Bamako on March 22, 2012. Coup leaders in Mali today ordered all borders closed after taking over key buildings in Bamako and ousting President Amadou Toumani Toure overnight, sparking international concern and condemnation.

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    HABIBOU KOUYATE

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    Mali junta leader Captain Amadou Sanogo speaks at the Kati Military camp, in a suburb of Bamako, on March 22, 2012. The band of mutineers, calling themselves the National Committee for the Establishment of Democracy, said the coup was prompted by government's "inability" to put down a Tuareg-led insurrection in the north.

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    HABIBOU KOUYATE

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    People line up to get gasoline at a petrol station on March 23, 2012 in Bamako, as mutinous soldiers faced a global backlash for staging a coup over the government's handling of the insurrection. The coup in Bamako opened the way for Tuareg rebels to deepen their hold on the north, and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) said it had seized the town of Anefis between the two main cities in the desert north. The African Union on March 23 suspended Mali following the coup there, the Nigerian ambassador to Ethiopia and permanent representative to the AU, Paul Zolo told reporters.

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    HABIBOU KOUYATE