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Soldiers Reportedly Storm Mali's State Broadcaster

March 21, 2012

Heavy gunfire has been heard in Mali's capital, Bamako, as troops reportedly stormed the headquarters of the state broadcasting company.

Earlier near Bamako, soldiers fired in the air as the country's defense minister toured military barracks.

They were demanding proper weapons.

The protest prompted a strengthening of security around the presidential palace, with armored vehicles sealing off the building.

The developments come amid growing discontent among government troops as the Malian Army struggles to contain Tuareg rebels in the north of the country.

A presidential election is due to take place in the country in less than a month.

With AFP, Reuters, and dpa reporting



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