ANTANANARIVO - Gunfire erupted at a military camp near the airport in Madagascar's capital on Sunday, the Indian Ocean island's armed forces minister said, and a regiment commander said the incident looked somewhat like a mutiny.

"A report has already been made by the Chief of Staff but we do not yet know exactly what it is. We are closely monitoring the situation," Armed Forces Minister General Lucien Rakotoarimasy told Reuters.

The commander of Madagascar's First Regiment of Interventionist Forces (RFI), Colonel Sedera Raharijaona, confirmed there had been shooting, describing it as a "small problem". Asked whether this was an attempted mutiny by his soldiers, he said: "It's a bit like that."

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