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COMOROS - FRANCE 24 EXCLUSIVE
African Union forces seek rebel leader
Wednesday 26 March 2008
The Comoran army continue to search for Anjouan’s self-declared leader Colonel Mohamed Bacar, still on the run following a military operation launched by the Comoran government to remove him from power. (Report: F.Berruyer)
Wednesday 26 March 2008By FRANCE 24 with wires
The Comoran army, backed by AU troops, continued in search of Anjouan’s self-declared leader Colonel Mohamed Bacar and his supporters.
Bacar is still on the run on the second day of the military operation launched by the Comoran government to remove him from power.
FRANCE 24’s special correspondent on the island of Anjouan, Franck Berruyer, reports that civilians have been helping the military to the homes of Bacar’s supporters as tensions remain high on the island.
"The troops are involved in an operation to sweep the area around the presidential palace and secure it," Comoran federal army spokesman Ahmed Sidi told AFP.
“We saw the president leave the presidential palace with his wife, brother and body guard at 8 am on Wednesday, a day after the assault”, eyewitnesses told
While Bacar remains at large, several people close to him, most notably his ministers, have been taken prisoner.
The deployment of the army and troops mandated by the African Union, expected for more than a week, finally took place overnight Monday into Tuesday.
The first shots were heard around 5 am (GMT+3) on Tuesday on the island, in the town of
By midday Tuesday, the presidential palace, occupied since 2002 by Colonel Mohamed Bacar, was deserted. Berruyer, who went to the area near the residence, saw that the building was totally empty, with the doors and big windows open.
The Comoran army, supported by African Union troops, clashed with loyalist troops supporting Mohamed Bacar, on Tuesday afternoon around the presidential residence.
The government of the Union of the
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