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Explosion, Gunfire in Madagascar Capital

Reuters Created: March 16, 2009 Last Updated: March 16, 2009
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Madagascan soldiers loyal to opposition leader Andry Rajoelina stand guard at a rally in Antananarivo on March 16, 2009.   (Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)

Madagascan soldiers loyal to opposition leader Andry Rajoelina stand guard at a rally in Antananarivo on March 16, 2009. (Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)

ANTANANARIVO—Two large explosions rocked Madagascar's capital on Monday soon after two tanks were seen forcing their way into a presidential palace in the city centre.

There were a few bursts of gunfire and soldiers were positioned around the palace. President Marc Ravalomanana was not in the building. He has been sheltering in another palace about 10 km (6 km) from the city centre.

Madagascar Army Backs Opposition Leader

The head of Madagascar's armed forces said on Monday they were 99 percent behind opposition leader Andry Rajoelina in his power struggle with President Marc Ravalomanana.

"We are there for the Malagasy people. If Andry Rajoelina can resolve the problem, we are behind him," said Colonel Andre Ndriarijaona, who led a mutiny last week and replaced the previous army chief of staff.

"I would say 99 percent of the forces are behind him."

Ndriarijaona was speaking at a news conference in the capital also attended by Madagascar's military police and national police.

 




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