Heavy shooting near Guinea presidential residence

July 19, 2011 - 3:59 AM

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.