Mali: the Bamako airport closed (media)

The airport in the Malian capital, Bamako is closed and all flights canceled “until further notice” following the announcement of the overthrow of President Toure said  the European media quoted an airport source on Thursday.

“The airport has been closed since Thursday morning, there will be no flights until further notice” the source said without providing further details.

Earlier in the day, the Malian military mutineers have taken control of the palace of President Amadou Toumani Toure before stopping several government ministers. The rebels also took the national radio and television, dissolved the government and suspended the constitution.

According to reports, President Toure is in a safe place under the protection of his bodyguards.

The military say they want to hand over power to a new cabinet of ministers, which should be formed after general elections. The election date is not fixed yet.

The Malian army is dissatisfied following the organization of the repression of the Tuareg rebellion in the north. The military is particularly incensed by the lack of food and ways to fight.

The Tuaregs are fighting for independence. According to local media, the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi supported their movement.

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