Shooting heard at paratroop base in Mali capital: sources

BAMAKO Fri Feb 8, 2013 4:05am EST

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BAMAKO (Reuters) - Shooting was heard on Friday at a paratroopers' base in Mali's southern capital Bamako and government forces have sealed off the area, Malian military sources said.

It was not immediately clear who had caused the shooting.

Since a military coup in March last year that plunged Mali into chaos and led to the occupation of the north by Tuareg and Islamist rebels, paratroopers loyal to former President Amadou Toumani Toure had been largely sidelined and some arrested.

(Reporting by Tiemoko Diallo in Bamako; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)

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