A video grab made on February 2, 2022, shows Guinea-Bissau’s president Umaro Sissoco Embalo delivering a speech in Bissau on February 1, 2022. Guinea-Bissau’s president Umaro Sissoco Embalo said he survived heavy fire for five hours during an attempted coup which he claimed killed or injured many people in the unstable West African country.
Guinea-Bissau’s capital appeared calm on wednesday a day after President Umaro Sissoco Embalo survived a gun attack, as France joined condemnation for what has been called an attempted coup in one of Africa’s most unstable countries.
Heavily armed men on Tuesday afternoon surrounded government buildings in the capital Bissau where Embalo and his prime minister were believed to be attending a cabinet meeting.
Embalo, 49, later told reporters that he had been unharmed during a five-hour gun battle, which he described as a plot to wipe out the government.