Arrests Made After Attack on Guinean President

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Guinea have made at least two arrests following the assassination attempt on President Alpha Conde.

President Conde told French radio Tuesday that the two main leaders of the attack, both of them military figures, have been taken into custody.

Media reports say one of the two is the former head of the Guinean army, General Nouhou Thiam. They say Thiam was taken to a police station in the capital, Conakry.

President Conde said gunmen targeted the bedroom of his Conkary home with gunfire and a bazooka before dawn Tuesday. He said he survived because he was not sleeping in the room.

He praised the presidential guard for holding off the attackers and confirmed a report that one guard member was killed.

Mr. Conde also renewed an appeal for calm and national unity which he made on a nationwide broadcast after the attack.

President Conde took office seven months ago after winning Guinea's first democratic election since the country won independence in 1958.

The country has a history of both authoritarian rule and coups. The most recent coup was in December 2008, when a group of military officers seized power after the death of longtime ruler Lansana Conte.

A transition government led by General Sekouba Konate steered the country to a presidential election last year.