Clashes in Equatorial Guinea as state says it thwarted coup

What you need to know:

  • Government troops had shot dead a "mercenary" and "used gunfire to disperse them in the forests along the border".

  • Security Minister Nicolas Obama Nchama said in a statement on public radio that an attempted coup had been mounted on December 24.

  • President Obiang, in power for more than 38 years, is accused by critics of brutal repression of opponents, electoral fraud and corruption.

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