Sunday, July 24, 2011

Guinean Authorities Arrest 40 People in Connection With Assassination Attempt Against President Conde

Guinea arrests 40 over attack on pres.

Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:22AM GMT

At least 40 people have been arrested in Guinea in connection to a recent attack on Guinean President Alpha Conde's house.

Issaiga Kamara, the nephew of former Guinean President Lansana Conte is among the detained suspects, Xinhua reported.

Last Tuesday, Conde survived a rocket attack on his house in the area of Kippe in the capital Conakry.

However, one of his bodyguards was killed and three others were left injured in the incident.

Rights activists called on Guinean authorities to allow access to the detainees, saying that the families of the arrested suspects have expressed concerns over their conditions.

Guinea's former army chief, Nouhou Thiam, is also among the detainees.

The assault came almost seven months after Guinea held its first democratic presidential election.

In the November 2010 election, 73-year-old Conde rose to presidency to end a long-standing crisis triggered by a military coup, following the death of longtime former president Conte.

Under Guinea's constitution, the legislative election must be held six months after the presidential vote. Conde is under mounting pressure as the polls have been delayed.

In March, the Africa Union sent a delegation to Guinea to urge the country to hold the legislative election as early as possible.

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