Guinea-Bissau accuses Portugal of 'coup bid'

PHOTO | STR Guinea Bissau soldiers walk on October 21, 2012 in a street of Bissau after gunmen raided a Guinea-Bissau army barracks in the capital, sparking a firefight that left at least seven people dead in the latest unrest to blight the chronically unstable country.

What you need to know:

  • Witnesses said the raid had been led by Captain Pansau N'Tchama, the head of a commando unit which assassinated president Joao Bernardo Vieira in 2009
  • It was not immediately clear why N'Tchama might have carried out the assault. But the captain is a former associate of the political leaders overthrown in an April 12 coup
  • Since independence from Portugal in 1974, the army and state in the chronically unstable nation of 1.6 million people have remained in constant conflict. No president has ever completed a full term in office

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