Guinea-Bissau’s transitional government has blamed Portugal for helping launch an attempted coup. The attack was foiled and the ringleader – who had been in exile in Portugal - was arrested along with others. This is the latest unrest in a country plagued by coups, violence and drug trafficking which has seen no government complete its term since independence in 1974.

GUNMEN raided an elite army unit at an air base near Guinea-Bissau’s capital Bissau killing seven people in what the government claimed was a coup attempt backed by Portugal.

The attack was thought to have been led by Captain Pansau N’Tchama, the former head of a commando unit believed t...

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He was a faithful supporter of General Indjai but has implicated the Army Chief of Staff in the assassination of President Nino Vieira in 2009 and is considered to be a key witness in the investigation
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