BAMAKO, Mali — Gunfire echoed across Bamako on Tuesday as Malian
government troops battled each other, with one side trying to oust
soldiers who seized power in a coup over a month ago.
Mali's coup leaders, who ostensibly handed over power to an
interim civilian government on April 12 but who still wield power, said
they control the state broadcaster, the airport and a military base,
fending off attacks by opposing forces. Coup leader Capt. Amadou Sanogo
told a private radio station Monday night that the countercoup had
failed and that his soldiers have captured foreign fighters.
A senior Western diplomat based in Bamako told The Associated
Press that the fighting apparently started when forces loyal to the
junta tried to arrest the former head of the presidential guard. The
presidential guard is part of Mali's parachutist regiment, known as the
Red Berets, who are be
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