At least 40 people arrested after attack on Guinean president's residence

16:43, July 24, 2011      

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At least 40 people have been arrested after Tuesday's attack on the house of Guinean President Alpha Conde in the capital Conakry.

The latest person to be arrested on Saturday is Issaiga Kamara, the nephew of the late president, Lansana Conte, according to local rights organizations.

The rights activists are calling on the authority to allow access to the arrestees, saying their families have expressed fear about their conditions.

They say some were arrested after they were called on the phone to go to the barracks.

Guinea's former army chief Nouhou Thiam was the first known arrestee following the attack, which was launched at 3:00 a.m (local time) on the presidential residence in the area of Kippe in the capital Conakry.

Conde survived the assault, but one of his bodyguards was killed and three others injured. The raid was repelled by the presidential guard an hour later.

On Thursday, the family members of Guinea's opposition leader Celloun Dalien Daillo were briefly detained by the gendarmes.

Conde, 73, was elected on Nov. 7 and sworn in as president on Dec. 22 to end a long-standing crisis triggered by a military coup, following the death of longtime president Conte in December 2008.

Under Guinea's Constitution, the legislative election must be held six months after the presidential vote. Conde is under mounting pressure as the polls have been delayed.

In March, the Africa Union sent a delegation to Guinea to urge the country to hold the legislative election as early as possible.

Source: Xinhua
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