The coup by the Special Forces of Guinea, led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who ousted Alpha Conde, is said to have cost the lives of at least seven members of the deposed head of state’s bodyguard.
The shots heard on Sunday morning, September 5, 2021, in Conakry, were not shotting in the air, but real exchanges between the elements of the Group of Special Forces of Guinea led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya and the presidential guard. They tried to ensure the protection of the then head of state, Alpha Conde.
Over-trained and well-equipped, Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya’s men naturally got the upper hand, but not without casualties.
There was indeed a bloodbath at the palace of Kaloum, where Alpha Conde resided, at the time of the attack by the special forces. At least seven members of the Presidential Guard were killed in the assault.
Lieutenant Antoine Malano, Warrant Officers: Youssouf Aina Camara, Mohamed Lamine Camara, Abdoulaye Bebeto Camara, and Chief Warrant Officer Sekou Camara, and officers Nicolas Lamine Y. and S. Doumbouya, all of whom belonged to the BASP (Autonomous Presidential Security Battalion), were shot dead by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya’s men, according to the Guinean press.
Lieutenant Abdoulaye Baldé, who had been seconded to Sékhoutoureya palace since 2012, and present when the Special Forces Group launched the assault on the palace to dislodge Alpha Condé, would also have fallen under the bursts of bullets from the members of Mamady Doumbouya.
His body and those of other victims were found in the morgue of Ignace Deen hospital, near the palace, Africaguinee notes.