Malian soldiers have arrested the country’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse.
According to a Daily Post report, soldiers earlier on Tuesday rounded up senior government and military officers in Kati town and elsewhere.
According to BBC, The apparent coup attempt in the West African nation began with gunfire at a key military camp near the capital, Bamako, on Tuesday morning.
In the city young men set a government-owned building on fire.
It comes hours after disgruntled junior officers detained commanders and took control of the Kati camp, about 15km (nine miles) from Bamako.
The Mutiny was led by Col Malick Diaw – deputy head of the Kati camp – and another commander, Gen Sadio Camara, BBC Afrique’s Abdoul Ba in Bamako reports.
After taking over the camp, the mutineers marched on the capital.
In the afternoon they stormed Mr Keïta’s residence and arrested the president and his prime minister – who were both there.
The reason for the move is unclear, as is the number soldiers taking part in the mutiny. Some reports say it was fuelled by a pay dispute.
Kati camp was also the focus of a mutiny in 2012 by soldiers angry at the inability of the senior commanders to stop jihadists and Tuareg rebels taking control of northern Mali.
There are scenes of thousands of citizens cheering the ouster.
Crowds are jubilating at Independence Square in Bamako, Mali, and other places.
— Ali Ag Mohamed | علي (@ALIUF) August 18, 2020
For nearly three months, demonstrations demanding for Keita’s resignation were held.
Dozens lost their lives, a situation that worsened the crisis.
Keita’s removal comes amid the intervention by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Leaders met late July but failed to achieve a truce.
ECOWAS insists it could no order a sitting president to vacate office.
In July, the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), African Union (AU) condemned government’s use of lethal force on protesters.
Video Received: scenes from Independence Square in Bamako, Mali amid reported arrest of President Keita & Prime Minister Boubou Cisse by soldiers.
Last few months Demos have been taking place in the Country demanding President Keita stand down. pic.twitter.com/Ttej59cIQB
— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) August 18, 2020