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Mali officer arrested over 'coup' bid

A Malian soldier patrols on a road between Gao and Kidal in northern Mali on July 26, 2013A Malian army officer has been arrested for “an attempted coup”, a senior government official said on Friday, a day after his family reported he had been kidnapped. “Lieutenant Mohamed Ouattara has been arrested — and not abducted — for an attempted coup, for a bid to destabilise the institutions of the republic and for a breach of state security,” the official said, asking not to be named. An official document seen by AFP stated that Ouattara, along with other military officers and “accomplices”, aimed to overthrow the regime of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was elected last year, marking a return to civilian rule following a March 2012 coup. On Thursday, Ouattara’s family, including his father retired Colonel Yaya Ouattara, said the lieutenant had been kidnapped in the capital Bamako “by armed individuals wearing military uniform”.

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