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Guinea Bissau Back To Normal After Coup Scare As Security Forces Make Arrests

Security forces in Guinea-Bissau made a number of high-profile arrests Tuesday in response to a reported coup attempt in the West African country.

According to local radio, the head of the country's naval force, Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto, was among those detained.

A radio reporter told dpa that the government said a coup attempt had taken place on Monday, while hundreds of soldiers had taken to the streets to demand a pay increase.

It is not the first time the head of the navy has been linked to unrest in the coastal country, which has been rocked by coups, counter-coups and failed coups for decades.

He fled to Gambia after being accused of sparking a coup attempt in 2008, then secretly returned to Guinea-Bissau in a canoe a year later, disguised as a fisherman.

He was reinstated as naval chief in 2010, after another failed coup in which mutinous soldiers replaced key members of the armed forces.

Tensions in Guinea-Bissau have been high since President Malam Bacai Sanha was admitted to hospital in France earlier this month.

Sanha, a diabetic who is now critically ill, came to power in 2009.

He is the only president of Guinea-Bissau not to have been killed or overthrown in recent history.

Guinea-Bissau, a lusophone country with an archipelago of white-sand islands containing rich biodiversity, has become known for its role in the cocaine trade between Latin America and Europe in recent years.

A halfway point between the two continents, the nation has porous borders, remote landing strips and ranks low on transparency indexes, making it attractive to drug cartels, the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime has said.



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