May 21, 2012 / 4:03 PM / in 6 years

Three dead as protesters occupy Mali presidential palace

BAMAKO, May 21 (Reuters) - Security forces killed three people after several hundred protesters stormed Mali’s presidential palace on Monday and physically attacked caretaker President Dioncounda Traore, a spokesman for soldiers behind a March 22 coup said.

“He (Traore) has just been rushed to hospital ... They beat him seriously and tore his clothes,” Bakary Mariko, spokesman for the CNRDRE body of soldiers who last month agreed to allow a transition back to civilian rule, said by telephone.

“This is a spontaneous crowd. There were three dead and some injured by gunshot amongst the demonstrators. Dioncounda’s security shot at people,” he said, adding that the protesters were now leaving the palace. (Reporting by Adama Diarra in Bamako and David Lewis in Dakar; writing by Mark John)

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