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Soldiers Killed President of Guinea-Bissau

The New York Times reported that Army troops killed João Bernardo Vieira, the president of neighboring Guinea-Bissau, early on Monday following a bomb attack that killed the army chief of staff, according to diplomats in the region. He was shot to death.


News reports said army troops found the president to be responsible for the death of the army chief, General Batista Tagme Na Wai, who died in an explosion on Sunday night.

Diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity under customary rules, said the president was shot to death around 5:00 in the morning in an attack outside his house and the country’s borders had been closed.

President Vieira, 69, whose was reported dead on Monday, after being re-elected in 2005 returned to power after an earlier spell as a military ruler in the 1980s and 1990s.

Based in Addis Ababa, the African Union condemned the reported killing of President Vieira, said Jean Ping, the group’s most senior official.

According to TimesOnline News, the President and head of the army in Guinea-Bissau were assassinated in tit-for-tat murders that have plunged the West African "narco-state" into crisis.


General Na Waie was killed in a bomb blast at army headquarters. Hours later Vieira was shot to death in a hail of bullets as he tried to flee his home in the capital Bissau.

An army spokesman said the President’s death was an act of revenge for the earlier assassination of the army chief.

“President Vieira was killed by the army as he tried to flee his house,” said Zamora Induta. He said that the President was “taken down by bullets fired by … soldiers.”

Vieira was the ruler of Guinea-Bissau from 1980 to 1999 before being deposed in a military coup. He returned from exile in 2004 and was reinstated in 2005 as president at elections.

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