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Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his Prime Minister Boubou Cisse have reportedly been arrested by mutinying soldiers in the African nation's capital of Bamako.
Reuters reports that earlier today, soldiers hadmutinied at the Kati military base about 15 km (9 miles) outside of Bamako and rounded up a number of senior civilian and military officials.
A spokesman for Keita could not be reached for comment but the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said this evening that Russia has received information about the arrests of Mali's president and prime minister.
The scale of the mutiny – believed to be in part brought about by an ongoing pay dispute – is not clear at this time.
African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, wrote in a tweet: "I energetically condemn the arrest of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the prime minister and other members of the Malian government and call for their immediate liberation.
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