Potential Hot Spots: June 11, 2001


Equatorial Guinea sacked 20 army officers and 30 soldiers. The cashiered troops are thought to be supporters of General Gabriel Nse Obiang, who is hiding out in Cameroon. Nse Obiang, a former senior Equatorial Guinean Army commander, was accused of being involved in an arms sale scam. He is also accused of stealing $650,000 in money appropriated to run the Equatorial Guinean military academy. Dont dismiss this report as simply another corruption scandal in sub-Saharan Africa. Equatorial Guineas government may well suspect a coup is in the works.


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