Mali arrests colonel behind attempted countercoup

Associated Press

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's government says the military has arrested an army colonel who directed a parachutist regime that attempted to stage a countercoup in April.

In a statement released late Wednesday, the government said Col. Abidine Guindo led the group of soldiers, also known as the Red Berets.

All of the strategic locations they managed to gain control of in April were quickly recaptured by forces loyal to the junta leader, Capt. Amadou Sanogo.

Sanogo and a group of soldiers in Mali toppled the country's democratically elected president in March. The junta leaders then handed power over to an interim government in April, but still wielded power.

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