- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
- John Boehner says GOP should support gay candidates: ‘I do’
- Grass-Whopper: Pan-fried cricket burgers go over big in New York City
Guinean president survives assassination attempt
Assault on home challenges stability of country’s first democratically elected government
Question of the Day
CONAKRY, Guinea — Guinea’s president narrowly survived an assassination attempt this week when gunmen surrounded his home overnight and pounded his bedroom with rockets, throwing into doubt the stability of the country’s first democratically elected government in a part of the world that long has been ruled by the gun.
President Alpha Conde survived because he was sleeping in a different room when the shooting erupted outside his residence at about 3 a.m.
Rocket-propelled grenades landed inside the compound and killed one of his bodyguards, said Francois Louceny Fall, Mr. Conde’s chief of staff. The bedroom was ripped apart, Mr. Conde said in an interview with French radio RFI.
The 73-year-old president later addressed the nation on state radio, saying his security detail had “heroically fought, starting at 3:10 a.m. until reinforcements arrived.”
He urged the public to remain calm and said the attack would not derail the promises he made to voters seven months ago when he became the first democratically elected leader in Guinea’s 52-year history.
“If your hand is in the hand of God. Nothing can happen to you. … Our enemies can try everything, but they will not stop the march of the Guinean people,” Mr. Conde said in his address. “Guinea is one country. We are united, for we cannot grow if we are not united. Let us not accept to be divided.”
Just hours later, shooting broke out again near his home, and residents said they saw the presidential guards take fighting positions.
Mr. Conde was inside meeting with the French ambassador, who fell to the floor to avoid the bullets, the president said on RFI.
A bodyguard, who was close to the last two military leaders and who goes by the nickname “De Gaulle,” was arrested attempting to pierce the police cordon around the house, Mr. Fall told the Associated Press by telephone.
Soldiers fanned out across the capital city, located on a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean on Africa’s western coast. They tied ropes between trees at intersections, bringing traffic to a standstill as each car was stopped and searched.
Military helicopters circled overhead. Shops and schools were closed.
The international community invested tens of millions of dollars to ensure last year’s transparent vote, and a coup would be a major setback for the region, analysts said.
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- 'Hunger Games' delivers Obama's message on income inequality
- Activists urge Obama to go rogue, sidestep Congress
- Colorado judge: Bakery owner discriminated against gay couple
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- Kill team: Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones
- Obamas call to close Vatican embassy is 'slap in the face' to Roman Catholics
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- Hola: Boehner prepares to push amnesty bill through House
- KUHNER: Who betrayed Navy SEAL Team 6?
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
The Constitution: Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses. And how to get from here to there.
Why can’t humans just be free to be humans?
Get in the middle of all the action inside and outside the boxing ring.
Find the latest news and happening that effect those in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland Metro region.
White House pets gone wild!