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Wounded president flown to Morocco

December 5, 2009

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— The wounded president of Guinea was airlifted to a hospital in Morocco on Friday, opening a dangerous power vacuum in this mineral-rich country one year after he took over in a military coup.

The shooting of Capt. Moussa “Dadis” Camara, reportedly by his second-in-command, has laid bare deep divisions within the junta. The assassination attempt followed an argument between Camara and Abubakar “Toumba” Diakite, head of the presidential guard, over who would take the fall for a massacre of unarmed protesters in September, two government officials and a retired diplomat said.

The government officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak and the retired diplomat feared reprisal.

U.N. officials were in Guinea this week investigating the massacre.

Camara was flown to the Mohammad V Military Hospital in Rabat, where a medical official described his condition as not serious, noting he appeared only slightly wounded. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he did not have permission.

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