The reason for the continuous crackling of weapons has not yet been explained. The West African country has been led since September 2021 by Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, who took power in a coup after 11 years of civilian rule.
A shop owner, who requested to remain anonymous, said: “The city center has been closed since dawn. We cannot enter or exit.”
Residents of the Kaloum Peninsula woke up early Saturday morning to the sound of automatic gunfire when commando-like gunmen stormed the central prison in Conakry, the largest prison in Guinea.
The heavily armed gunmen were able to release a number of the accused… pic.twitter.com/uumqa9zlid
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According to several witnesses, the roads were empty and armored vehicles were seen at several points around the Kalum neighbourhood.
This part of the capital is home to the Presidential Office, as well as several leading government and administrative offices, as well as the military headquarters and the central prison.
According to several witnesses, the shooting broke out near the prison France 24 French state television news channel.
According to an airport source, no flights took off from Conakry International Airport on Saturday morning, as air traffic crews were unable to reach the airport from Kaloum.