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Vol 50 No 4

Published 20th February 2009

Equatorial Guinea

New putsch, new players

The gun battle in the early hours of 17 February between armed groups making a seaborne assault on Malabo and its security forces seems to have been sparked by regional opposition groups. 'A contingent of rebel terrorists from the Niger Delta arrived in numerous boats,' a Malabo official said, 'and tried to invade...Malabo with the aim of taking and destroying the presidential palace.' One gunman was shot dead and several others drowned when their boat was sunk, he said.

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