Coup under way in Mauritania: president's office

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Mauritania's presidential spokesman said Tuesday renegade army officers have staged a coup, detaining the desert nation's president after he fired the country's top four military officials.

Spokesman Abdoulaye Mamadouba says President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi is being held at the presidential palace in Nouakchott.

State radio and television are off the air and witnesses said soldiers have been deployed throughout the streets of the capital of the northwestern African nation. No violence has being reported.

After a 2005 coup, a military junta handed power back to a civilian government through elections in 2007.