March 14, 1997 |
Secessionists pulled down Comoran flags, raised the red flag of an 18th century sultan and set up roadblocks on the Indian Ocean island of Anjouan, witnesses said. They said the island was brought to a standstill for a second consecutive day by protesters setting up roadblocks and burning tires on the road from the main airport in Anjouan to the regional capital of Mutsamulu. Businesses and government offices remained closed.
October 8, 1995 |
Veteran French mercenary Bob Denard, whose latest coup attempt in the Comoro Islands was crushed by French troops, was flown home to a French jail Saturday, his lawyer said. Escorted by French gendarmes, he landed at Villacoublay air base outside Paris at dawn aboard an air force C-160 transport plane.
October 5, 1995 |
Pinned by French commandos who stormed this African island nation Wednesday, a longtime mercenary handed over the president he deposed and detained last week and haggled over the end to his latest coup. After a day in which 600 French troops took control of the islands, commandos walked into Bob Denard's compound without firing a shot late Wednesday, fueling speculation of surrender. But Denard, reached by telephone, said that negotiations were continuing: "I haven't surrendered.
October 4, 1995 |
Gunfire erupted at dawn today as French Special Forces troops landed in the capital of the Comoro Islands in an effort to oust foreign mercenaries who had toppled the government. The crackle of gunfire could be heard from a hotel a few miles outside the center of Moroni, where the fighting was believed to be occurring near an abandoned airport close to the harbor. Two French warships could be seen offshore.
October 2, 1995 |
Moroni, the capital of the Comoro Islands, was quiet, three days after a coup led by foreign mercenaries, and a military officer claimed that he--and not the soldiers of fortune--controls the archipelago off Africa's eastern coast. Capt. Combo Ayouba, imprisoned until Thursday's takeover because of his part in a 1992 coup attempt, said he plotted from his cell, using emissaries to hire French mercenary Bob Denard to lead the putsch. The army now appears to be firmly in support of the coup.
October 1, 1995 |
Foreign mercenaries and army rebels who toppled the government of the Comoro Islands were reported firmly in control Saturday as life edged back toward normal in the archipelago off Africa's eastern coast. With increasing desperation, the overthrown government and an opposition party appealed for international help in driving out the mercenaries. But none appeared forthcoming. Mercenaries led by Bob Denard, a 66-year-old Frenchman, seized power Thursday and captured the president.