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Thursday, 22 March 2012 - 10:32
Renegade Mali soldiers attack Bamako presidential palace
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Troops in Mali have attacked the presidential palace in the capital Bamako hours after staging a mutiny.

The renegade troops traded gunfire with soldiers loyal to the government, and a defence ministry official said that a coup was under way.

Earlier in the day, the mutineers took over the state radio and TV broadcaster in Bamako and took it off air.

The mutineers say the government is not giving them enough arms to battle a rebellion by ethnic Tuaregs.

State televion briefly resumed broadcasting late yesterday, announcing that it would shortly issue a statement from the military.

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