Guinean aide who tried to kill coup leader admits he shot him, still in hiding

By Daily Maverick Legacy 17 December 2009

The truth will out, however strange the ways. The former aide to Guinean coup leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, who is accused of trying to assassinate his boss, has now admitted to a French radio station that he shot him in the head. Lieutenant Aboubacar "Toumba" Diakite then fled into hiding. The assassination attempt put Camara in a Moroccan hospital, where doctors are being cagey about his condition. The shooting added to the turmoil in Guinea, which saw Camara come to power in a December 2008 coup. In September, the junta killed some 200 protesters demonstrating against Camara’s decision to run in 2010 presidential elections. Now, Diakite says he shot Camara because the president tried to blame him for troops going on a rampage among 50,000 protesters in the capital, Conakry. Diakite is still in hiding, and was speaking from an undisclosed location. Read more: Reuters, BBC

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