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Fiji Troops Sieze Weapons From Police Armory


Fijian soldiers have seized the weapons of the country's only armed police unit - as fears grew that the nation's fourth coup in the past two decades might be in progress.

But Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase insists his government remains in charge.

The troops arrived early Monday at the headquarters of the police tactical unit in the capital, Suva. Later, they were seen loading weapons onto military trucks.

Soldiers were spotted later in the day at another police facility in Suva.

Fiji's military chief - Commodore Frank Bainimarama - has threatened to topple Mr. Qarase's government, claiming it is corrupt.

Commodore Bainimarama has also demanded that the government drop possible sedition charges against him for plotting to overthrow the government.

Mr. Qarase has said he is open to more talks with the military chief, but he will not resign under military threat.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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