Guinean President Alpha Conde escaped an assassination attempt early Tuesday when unidentified gunmen attacked his home.
Mr. Conde, who was not injured in the assault, later appeared on state television and appealed for calm.
Witnesses reported hearing heavy shooting overnight at the president's home in the Kipe suburb of the capital, Conakry. In his speech, Mr. Conde said the fighting lasted about two hours, and he thanked the presidential guard which said “fought heroically.”
A minister in the Guinean presidency, Francois Fall, says one member of the guard was killed.