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coup fails in mauritania

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    Coup fails in Mauritania
    June 8, 2003

    An attempted coup by elements of the Mauritanian army was put down early today, a source close to the government said.

    Mauritanian President Maaouiya Ould Taya and his family were in good health, the source said.

    Shooting was heard in the centre of the capital Nouakchott around 1 am (1100 AEST), notably around the presidential building and the army headquarters, witnesses said.

    Some witnesses spoke of fires and said a plane had flown over the city several times sparking off anti-aircraft fire.

    Shooting was also reported around the television and radio stations.

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