UPDATE 2-Gunfire erupts in Mali's Bamako, junta claims control

Tue May 1, 2012 11:24am GMT

(Recasts with new details)

* Gunfire heard near Mali state TV

* Junta says in control of airport, tv

* Mali junta says attackers backed by foreigners

By Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo

BAMAKO, May 1 (Reuters) - Heavy gunfire erupted near Mali's state television in Bamako on Tuesday on the second day of fighting between forces from the ruling junta and soldiers believed to be loyal to ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure, witnesses said.

Loud gunfire rang out from the direction of the television building, Reuters witnesses said, and people were fleeing the area along the road to the building.

"We were on our way there, but were told there is fighting going on around the ORTM (state television) and we were told to go back," one witness said.

The military junta said the fighting, which broke out late on Monday, was an attempt to reverse a March 22 coup that ousted Toure, adding that there was evidence that it was being backed by foreign fighters.   Continued...

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