Soldiers assassinate Guinea-Bissau president.

Gunfire resounded in Bissau city in the early hours, subsiding at first light.

The armed forces said they were managing the crisis and would respect democratic institutions in the nation that has become a key transit point for drug smuggling.

“The death of Head of State Joao Bernardo Vieira is confirmed. His wife is at the Angolan embassy,” Sandji Fati, a retired army colonel and close associate of the slain president, told Reuters in the former Portuguese colony’s capital Bissau.

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