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October 8, 1995 | From Reuters
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.
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August 10, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Military troops overthrew the government and seized power in a bloodless coup on Anjouan, an island that has declared independence from the Comoros chain in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Abubakar Mohamed, director of finance in the secessionist administration, said the coup was triggered by grievances over military promotions and pay. Hours after toppling the government of Lt. Col. Said Abeid Abderemanein, the military junta was grappling with the choice of a new president for the island.
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March 22, 2000 |
The army foiled a coup attempt in troubled Comoros, an island nation off the east coast of Africa, and a former Cabinet minister was arrested soon afterward, officials said. Shots rang out in the north of the capital, Moroni, soldiers rushed to reinforce government offices, and telephone lines were briefly cut, but no casualties were reported.
NEWS
March 22, 2000 |
The army foiled a coup attempt in troubled Comoros, an island nation off the east coast of Africa, and a former Cabinet minister was arrested soon afterward, officials said. Shots rang out in the north of the capital, Moroni, soldiers rushed to reinforce government offices, and telephone lines were briefly cut, but no casualties were reported.
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March 14, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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December 8, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
European mercenaries crushed a popular uprising on the Comoros and tightened their grip on the Indian Ocean island group amid rumors of an imminent French expedition to oust them. Hours after street protests erupted against mercenary control of the islands, foreign journalists were expelled to Kenya. Hundreds of Comorans, blaming French mercenaries for the Nov. 26 killing of President Ahmed Abdallah, had marched in the capital, Moroni, to demand that the Europeans leave.
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October 1, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
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October 2, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
August 4, 1991 | From Reuters
The president of the Comoros says he is still in control despite an attempt to oust him using the same constitutional clause that brought him to power in the Indian Ocean republic two years ago. Said Mohamed Djohar told citizens of the impoverished archipelago in a radio address Saturday to stay calm and said those responsible for trying to oust him will be brought to justice, Information Minister Mohamed Adamo said.
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September 30, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
As forces loyal to French mercenary Bob Denard continued to battle for control of the tiny Indian Ocean republic of the Comoro Islands on Friday, France placed its armed forces in the region on alert and negotiated for the safe evacuation of hundreds of tourists. The coup attempt is a reprise of three previous efforts by the legendary Denard to take over the former French colony, where he wielded power behind the scenes for a decade until his ouster in 1989.
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May 1, 1999 | Associated Press
The army Friday took over the tiny republic of Comoros in a bloodless coup that it called an effort to keep the three-island nation off Africa's coast from slipping into anarchy after peace talks failed. An army spokesman, Lt. Rashidi Abdullah, said the government of acting President Tadjiddine Ben Said Massounde had been overthrown and that he and other government officials had been asked to remain in their homes.
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March 14, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
October 8, 1995 | From Reuters
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.
NEWS
October 6, 1995 | Associated Press
A grizzled, limping soldier of fortune ended his latest power grab in Africa on Thursday by quietly leading his band of white mercenaries into French custody. The subdued surrender on the Comoro Islands off Africa's eastern coast came after a lightning invasion of French troops ended a short-lived coup by Bob Denard, two dozen mercenaries and about 300 allied Comoran soldiers.
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October 5, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
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October 4, 1995 | Times Wire Services
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.
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November 28, 1989 | From Associated Press
Mutineers led by a former army commander attacked the presidential palace in the Comoro Republic and killed President Ahmed Abdallah, longtime ruler of the Indian Ocean island nation, officials said Monday. The rebel leader, former commandant Ahmed Mohamed, resigned recently in a dispute with the 70-year-old president, an official at the Comoro Embassy in Paris said, speaking on condition of anonymity. He said the assassination was not a coup attempt and that Mohamed was under arrest.
NEWS
October 5, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
October 2, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
October 1, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
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