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Guinea: Aide makes attempt on Camara’s life 1

An attempt has been made on the life of the head of the military junta in Guinea, Moussa Dadis Camara.  According to a recent article by All Africa, he sustained severe head injuries when shot by an aide de camp, Aboubacar Toumba Diakité.

Le Soleil of Dakar reports that the junta’s secretary of state, Tiegboro Camara, confirmed in a radio broadcast that Diakité has been placed under arrest. But he refused to give any reasons, saying they were considered “state secrets”.

Many witnesses to the September 28 massacre in Conakry, carried out by members of the presidential guard when suppressing protest against the military, singled out Aboubacar Toumba Diakité as the commander who ordered the shooting.

Fasozine newspaper of Ouagadougou
reports that although the reason for Diakité’s action remains uncertain, many Guineans believe that it is a result of Camara placing the blame for the September 28 massacre on his shoulders.

According to sources from Camp Alpha Yaya Diallo, the barracks where Camara has his headquarters, the junta turned down an offer from Senegal to take Dadis Camara to Dakar for treatment. Dakar, however, dispatched an emergency medical plane to Conakry to treat the injured leader.

Since the nature of the injury remains unknown, some sceptics believe reports of a shooting might be a ploy on the part of the junta to divert international attention from the real issues.

As underlined by All Africa, Fasozine also reports that since September 28, considerable dissent has emerged from within the junta and Dadis Camara has lost much support from former allies.
The paper suggests Diakité might be the junta’s first “sacrificial lamb” in an effort to avoid being blamed for the massacre by the international community.

As Saliou Samb of Reuters reports, the incident underlined the fragility of the West African nation, which is the world’s top exporter of the aluminium ore bauxite and whose stability is seen as vital to its neighbours.

“The government can offer the assurance that the situation is under control,” a junta official said on state television after the violence flared late on Thursday.

Reuters underlines that the attack happened as U.N. investigators in Conakry wound up their inquiry into a September 28 crackdown by security forces on pro-democracy protesters in which more than 150 protesters were killed and scores of women raped, according to witnesses.

But the UN inquiry is not the only made on the September 28 attacks against protesters. According to a report published by Human Rights Watch, the massacre and widespread sexual violence were organized and were committed largely by the elite Presidential Guard, commonly known as the “red berets”.

Following a 10-day research mission in Guinea, the NGO found that the massacre of at least 150 people was premeditated by members of the Presidential Guard.

By Staff – Afronline.org (sources: All Africa, Human Rights Watch, Reuters, VOA News)

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  1. The de facto authorities which govern Guinea, began by stating that the fiery captain Dadis Camara was only slightly injured and he even participated in a meeting with other leaders and had his breakfast as usual. They said afterwards that he was flying to Morocco for a medical check. On the evening of Friday, it was the President of Burkina Faso to say his condition is serious but not life threatening. Why did they evacuated him to Morocco without even informing the government of Morocco?

    Unfortunately, the Guinean citizens are less informed about the health of young dictator who had seized power in their country for nearly a year. The lies of state are frequent wherever there are security issues or state health officers.

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