Guinea-Bissau/Insurgency: Prime Minister freed after possible coup attempt

Guinea-Bissau’s Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior has already been released after briefly being detained by soldiers on Thursday morning, officials and media reported.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a family member of Gomes stated that the PM had been freed and was now meeting the president. Mamadou Diao, the PM’s press attaché, also confirmed the release. It was also reported that Gomes was freed after hundreds of people gathered in front of his office, demanding for his release.

According to officials, Gomes had been detained by a group of young soldiers just minutes after another group of soldiers had entered the nearby UN offices and picked up Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto, who left with them voluntarily. Na Tchuto, a former head of the navy, had taken refuge in the UN offices in the capital Bissau after being suspected of leading a failed coup against then-president Joao Bernardo Vieira in 2008.

The Portuguese news agency LUSA meanwhile reported that Army Chief Zamora Induta had also been detained by the soldiers and that he was being held at the headquarters of the armed forces. Deputy Army Chief Antonio Indjal is said to have taken over command.