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Madagascar Military Battles Renegade Soldiers

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Police officers take cover during a mutiny of troops at a military camp near Madagascar's main airport, in Antananarivo, July 22, 2012.

Police officers take cover during a mutiny of troops at a military camp near Madagascar's main airport, in Antananarivo, July 22, 2012.

Madagascar's army says it has taken back a military camp that was captured early Sunday by renegade soldiers.

The army says it stormed the camp, located near the main airport in Antananarivo, killed the rebel leader and arrested several mutineers.

Madagascar's defense ministry says it mounted the attack after the rogue soldiers shot an officer who was sent in to negotiate. He later died.

It is unclear why the rebelling soldiers took over the camp.

The defense ministry describes the incident as a mutiny and claims it was being led by the bodyguard of a former defense minister.

The country has been caught in political uncertainty since 2009, when military-backed opposition leader, now president, Andry Rajoelina ousted then-president Marc Ravalomanana.

The former leader is living in exile in South Africa. Mr. Ravalomanana received a life sentence in absentia for killings committed by his presidential guard ahead of the coup.


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

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