Guinean assassination suspect held

Presidential guard commander held over shooting of Guinean leader Moussa Camara.

    Moussa Dadis Camara was shot last Thursday, in what appeared to be an assassination attempt  [AFP]

    Meanwhile Guinea's military leader is in hospital in Morocco, recovering from a gunshot wound which is said to have lodged a splinter of bone into his brain.

    The ruling junta has played down the seriousness of president Camara's injuries, saying his head was grazed by a bullet when a former aide allegedly shot at him at point blank range.

    General Sekouba Konate, the vice president of the military junta, has taken charge in Camara's absence.

    'Encouraging signs'

    Alexandre Cece Loua, the country's foreign minister, said Camara's condition was "encouraging".

    IN DEPTH

     Background: Tensions in Guinea
     Camara: A man of the people?
     'No alternative' to Guinea rule
    "I saw him, I spoke to him, he answered me, all this shows that he retains his mental faculties," he told the AP news agency.

    Camara was flown to Morocco on Friday, where he was operated on for cranial trauma at a military hospital.

    "There has been no estimate for ... how long it will be before he returns," Loua said.

    "He is responding well to the treatment he has been prescribed and there is no worry over his life."

    Gunfire broke out on Sunday evening after state TV announced a toll-free phone number where citizens could call if they had information about Abubakar "Toumba" Diakite, the former aide alleged to be the would-be assassin.

    Presidential elections are expected in Guinea at the end of January, but those plans have been affected by news that Camara, who seized power in a coup a year ago, intended to run as a candidate.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.