Guinean military is in gun battles with heavily armed gunmen who have now been identified to have been led by the son of Claude Pivi, a former member of the Special Forces and minister in charge of presidential security when country’s former military head of state, Moussa Dadis Camara was in power.

The military forces of Guinea are preventing the gunmen from reaching the presidential palace.

The battle started at about 5AM WAT in Conakry, Guinea, where we gathered that the shootouts have prevented any access to the city centre.

The shooting started near the presidential palace.

We have also been informed that the gunmen stormed the Central House in Conakry, Guinea’s largest prison and succeeded in freeing several of the accused in the September 28, 2009, massacre trial, starting with the country’s former military head of state, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, Claude Pivi and Blaise Goumou.

Moussa Dadis Camara and his allies were on trial for allegedly killing several opposition supporters.

Moussa Dadis Camara

Camara’s whereabout is currently unknown.

It is still unclear what is actually going on. Some people say a coup,

While some suggested that the mission of the armed men is to free the former military head of states, president Moussa Dadis Camara and his loyalists from prison, others believe that it goes beyond just jailbreak but a total overthrow of the Mamady Doumbouya led government.

Mamady Doumbouya is a Guinean military officer serving as the interim president of Guinea since 1 October 2021, after he led a successful coup d’état on 5 September 2021 that overthrew the previous president, Alpha Condé.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Justice of Guinea, Charles Alphonse Wright, confirmed the information about the escape. He also announced that Guinea is closing its borders and placing the capital under lockdown to apprehend the fugitives.

Who is Moussa Dadis Camara?

Moussa Dadis Camara was the military leader of Guinea from 2008. However, in 2009, there was an assassination attempt on him, and he fled to Morocco. In 2021, when he attempted to return to his homeland, he faced charges for the brutal suppression of protests in 2009, during which over 150 people were reported to have been killed by law enforcement, and more than 1,200 civilians were injured to varying degrees.

Since September 2022, he had been in detention in the central prison in Conakry, accused by the current government of organizing mass killings and sexual assaults during the 2009 protests.

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