- Guinea’s military junta leader, Capt Moussa Dadis Camara, has been injured during a shooting in the capital Conakry on Thursday.
In a statement issued by the Communications minister, Idrissa Cherif, Captain Camara was slightly hurt during an attack carried out by one of his aides at camp Aboubacar "Toumba" Diakite in the capital.
He further said the fighting appeared to be between rival military factions within the government.
Analysts have however said the shooting highlights the divisions within the military and the shakiness of Captain Camara’s position in government. They further argue that junta's leader lack of absolute control over different factions of the army is likely to result in a persistently fluid security situation in Guinea prior to the envisaged presidential elections.
Guinea drew international headlines in September after the killing of an estimated 157 opposition supporters at a national stadium, revealing a major gap interms of control between Mr Camara and the army personnel.
Mr Cherif hinted that there may have been a link between the stadium killings and the shooting of Capt Camara, stating that the military had called for complete transparency with the international commission of enquiry.
A team of UN investigators has been in the capital Conakry to uncover what happened when soldiers opened fire in a stadium packed with protesters. Captain Camara has promised to cooperate fully with the UN inquiry team and met with the commission members shortly after their arrival in Conakry last week.
Arms embargoes and travel restrictions have been imposed against the junta by the European Union and West African alliance ECOWAS.
Captain Camara seized power in December last year, a day after the death of President Lansana Conte, who ruled the country for two decades.
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