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Jul 19, 2011

Guinea president's house was hit by rocket

Conakry - residence of the president who recently took office in Guinea was hit by rockets during heavy gunfire rocked the country's capital, Conakry, on Monday night (18 / 7), said several officials told AFP on Tuesday. An official at the president's office said the President of Alpha Conde was injured. "He survived and was healthy," said the official, Francois Fall.

Several witnesses told AFP earlier on Tuesday afternoon, a fierce exchange of gunfire has been raging around the residence in the district Conde Kipe in the city, at around 03:00 local time and lasted for more than two hours. "House of Alpha Conde was hit by a rocket," said the official radio, RTG.

Police have closed the roads into the area of government Kaloum in downtown Conakry, on Tuesday morning local time. Tensions in a country wracked coup took place seven months after taking office Conde, after beating its competitors, Cellou Dalein Diallo, the first general elections in that country since its independence from France in 1958.

Guinea has a long history of coups and coup attempts, which last occurred in December 2008, when a young military officer, Captain Dadis Moussa Camara, seized power. He was overthrown a year later, after being shot in the head by a close aide.

A transitional government led by General Sekouba Konate lead the country towards the first democratic elections in November last year.