Mali mutineers declare all borders shut

March 22, 2012 13:15

BAMAKO - Mutineering Malian soldiers have closed all the borders of the West African country hours after declaring they seized power, a spokesman for the group announced on state television.

"We declare all land and air borders with neighboring countries closed," Lieutenant Amadou Konare, spokesman for the newly-formed National Committee for the Return of Democracy and the Restoration of the State (CNRDR), said.

It was not immediately possible to verify if the mutiny had sufficient support to ensure the closure of all borders to a land-locked country twice the size of France. Earlier, a Reuters correspondent said the airport in the capital Bamako had been sealed off by police rather than renegade soldiers.

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