Heavy shooting near Guinea presidential residence
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Residents of the neighborhood where Guinea's president has his private home say heavy shooting broke out overnight and could be heard until dawn.
A resident of President Alpha Conde's Kaporo Rails neighborhood told The Associated Press by telephone that the shooting began at around 2 a.m Tuesday. He asked not to be named because he feared for his safety. He says the gunfire stopped at first light.
He says the red beret-wearing presidential guard had blocked the November 8 bridge that leads into downtown Conakry. Soldiers were searching passing cars.
Guinea has a history of coups. It held its first free and fair election in its history late last year.