Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were detained by mutinying soldiers on Tuesday, sparking fears of a coup. A government source said the two men were in the hands of “rebel soldiers”.
“We can tell you that the president and the prime minister are under our control,” the leader, who requested anonymity, told AFP.
A government source later confirmed that Keita and Cisse were in the hands of “rebel soldiers”.
The soldiers took up arms in the garrison town of Kati and detained senior military officers, sparking fears of a coup after several months of anti-government demonstrations calling for the president’s resignation. Witnesses later said soldiers had surrounded Keita’s private residence.