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A8 THURSDAY • SEPTEMBER 19,2002 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS Former coup leader killed in uprising ABIDJAN. Ivory Coast (AP)— Ivory Coast's former junta leader was killed today after heavily armed forces attacked government and security installations in the commercial capital and other cities in the West African country, police and military officials said. Police and military officers said Gen. Robert Guei, the country's deposed military leader, was shot at a downtown Abidjan military checkpoint after his car refused orders to stop. It was not clear what, if any, role Guei had played in the uprising. Loyalist paramilitary police opened fire on Guei's vehicle, said Sgt. Ahossi Aime. Guei died at the scene, he said. There was no immediate confirmation from the government. The violence began with President Laurent Gbagbo out of the country on a state visit to Italy Gbagbo's government has been struggling to calm lingering ethnic and political tension and a restive military since the once-tranquil country's first-ever coup, in 1999. Early reports indicated an uprising by as many as 800 soldiers, Western embassy security personnel said on condition of, anonymity. French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin told Europe-1 radio in France, Ivory Coast's former colonial ruler, the revolt appeared to be "a mutiny by certain soldiers" who were leaving the service. The uprising apparently began about 3 a.m. with automatic- weapons fire erupting outside a paramilitary police base in Abidjan. About 15 gunmen broke into the compound as many more gathered outside, an officer said from inside the base. Six paramilitary policemen were killed in the attack, he said. There was no immediate word on casualties among the assailants. The attackers were repelled from the base several hours later, the officer said. Gunfire and repeated heavy explosions, apparently mortars, spread to other parts of the city, including the downtown and outlying suburbs. A rocket hit an anti-riot police post, injuring two officers and partially destroying the building, authorities at the base said. The insurgents also attacked the residence of Interior Minister Emile Boga Doudou, injuring two guards, police Sgt. Herve Vah said. It was not immediately clear whether the minister was home at the time. The firing subsided at midday, but there was no word that order had been restored. State radio and TV — whose facilities have been heavily guarded since the 1999 coup that brought Guei to power — went off the air. Authorities closed the international airport, and streets were deserted in the city Witnesses said soldiers were shooting at motorists who approached roadblocks. Another senior army official told The Associated Press "still- unidentified elements" within the security forces were behind the uprising in Abidjan. He could not explain the attacks in other areas. The insurgents were wearing a mix of civilian and military clothing, making it difficult to tell to which arm of the security forces — if any — they belonged to, the official said. Some also were wearing masks. The U.S. and other Western embassies stayed closed and urged their nationals to stay indoors. Schools and many businesses were shuttered. Once one of West Africa's most stable and prosperous nations, Ivory Coast has seen repeated outbreaks of ethnic and political violence since the Dec. 24,1999 coup— the country's first. Guei, a former army chief, was forced out during 2000 elections meant to restore civilian rule. There were allegations he was trying to steal the vote. The coup ushered in continuing years of military uprisings, politically motivated killings and widespread ethnic attacks against Ivory Coast's Muslim minority f-Tl « ....- £• •.nju^t.'i.'-l-.,,•/•.:: Taiwanese first lady begins historic journey TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — For the first time in more than a half-century, Taiwan's first lady set off today to represent the government in Washington, a symbol of increasingly warmer ties with the island's most important friend. The visit also was being seen as a victory in an intense diplomatic war with rival China, which has long blocked visits by Taiwanese leaders to the U.S. capital. Beijing insists that democratic Taiwan is part of China and argues that Taiwanese leaders should not enjoy diplomatic privileges, such as Washington visits, given to other international leaders. But since he was elected two years ago, President Bush has •adopted a friendlier policy toward Taiwan. Last year the United States offered to sell four Kidd- class destroyers and eight submarines, making the largest U.S. arms package offered in a decade. First lady Wu Shu-jen's visit to Washington is the latest example of the closer U.S.-Taiwan relationship. Her nine-day U.S. tour will include a reception in Congress as well as stops hi New York and Los Angeles, where she is expected to attend a Los Angeles Dodgers base- ball game. Chen Chin-feng recently became the Taiwan's first baseball player in the U.S. major leagues. Wu's hectic agenda won't be easy for the frail, wheelchair- bound first lady, paralyzed from the waist down since a truck ran over her three times in 1985 during Taiwan's repressive martial law era. Wu didn't speak to reporters before leaving today. She boarded her plane quickly after waving goodbye and smiling to a line of government officials. Her husband, President Chen Shui-bian, stood nearby waving back from the gate at Chiang Kai-shek International Airport. Wu will speak at the National Arts Club in New York on Friday She also will speak at the American Enterprise Institute think tank to Washington Tuesday, before attending a Congressional reception Wednesday The last time Taiwan's government engaged in first lady diplomacy with Washington was in the 1940s. That envoy was Soong May ling, the glamorous wife of the late President Chiang Kai-shek, who lobbied intensively for support against the Japanese in World War II. Six killed, scores wounded in suicide attack on Tel Aviv TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A Palestinian blew himself up on a crowded bus today in downtown Tel Aviv, killing at least five other people and wounding 49. It was the second suicide bombing in two days after a six-week lull. The blast tore through the bus on Allenby Street while it was passing through the heart of a teeming restaurant and business district at lunchtime. 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