Mali’s president and prime minister have been arrested by mutinying soldiers, according to several reports.The development comes after Malian soldiers took up arms and staged an apparent mutiny at a key base in Kati, a town close to the capital, Bamako, sparking fears of a coup, on Tuesday.
Their actions began with gunfire inside a key military base, some 15km (nine miles) from the capital, Bamako, on Tuesday morning.
In the centre of Bamako, young men looted a government-owned building and set it on fire.
The development comes after Malian soldiers took up arms and staged an apparent mutiny at a key base in Kati, a town close to the capital, Bamako, sparking fears of a coup, on Tuesday.
It follows a weeks-long political crisis that has seen opposition protesters taking to the streets to demand the departure of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, accusing him of allowing the country’s economy to collapse and mishandling a worsening security situation.
There were reports of senior politicians and army officers being held but it was not clear by whom.
Amid the confusion, opposition protesters gathered at a square in Bamako while regional and international powers urged the soldiers to return to the barracks and foreign embassies advised their citizens to stay indoors.