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Army hold PM in Guinea-Bissau 'coup'

Army hold PM in Guinea-Bissau 'coup'
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Soldiers in Guinea Bissau briefly captured the country’s prime minister and ousted the head of the army in an attempted coup.

The latest bout of military infighting has drawn condemnation from the international community.

Officers seized Carlos Gomes Junior early on Thursday, before releasing him hours later. They also ousted army chief Jose Zamora Induta.

President Malam Bacai Sanha claimed the situation is now under control after meeting army officials.

Guinea-Bissau has suffered from political instability since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974. Its late President Joao Bernardo Vieria was assassinated by soldiers in March last year.

The West African country is now a major hub for European drugs traffickers.