Gunfire as Madagascar military meets coup plotters

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 20, 2010 16:49

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — Shots rang out as Madagascar's military met with a group of dissident officers who had attempted days earlier to seize power in a coup.

Hundreds of soldiers arrived by the truckload as the two groups prepared to meet Saturday at the base near the capital's airport. It was not immediately clear who was firing the weapons.

Mutinous officers declared Wednesday they were taking over from Andry Rajoelina, who himself grabbed power with military backing last year. The rebellious officers have since been holed up at their base.

Since Rajoelina seized power, the Indian Ocean island has been isolated by the international community and some in the military have grown disenchanted.


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