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Guinea-Bissau’s Prez, army chief killed

world Updated: Mar 02, 2009 23:15 IST

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Soldiers killed Guinea-Bissau’s President Joao Bernado “Nino” Vieira on Monday in an apparent revenge attack hours after the West African country’s army chief was killed.

Security sources confirmed Vieira’s death and two Bissau residents who live near Vieira’s home said presidential guards had told them the president had been killed there.

Vieira had been at odds with armed forces chief of staff General Batista Tagme Na Wai, who was killed in an attack on Sunday evening that also destroyed part of the military headquarters.

A security source said soldiers from Na Wai’s Balante ethnic group led the attack on Vieira, who is from the smaller Papel community, and looted his home afterwards.