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Madagascar says it put down mutiny

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, July 22 (UPI) -- Madagascar's military says it has recaptured a military camp taken early Sunday by rebel soldiers.

There were no details about why the soldiers mutinied, but Voice of America reported the country's defense ministry says it launched the attack after the mutineers shot an officer sent to negotiate.

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The camp is near the main airport in the capital Antananarivo, VOA reported. Witnesses reported hearing gunfire Sunday afternoon.

The defense ministry said the mutiny was being led by a former defense minister's bodyguard.

In 2009, the military-backed now President Andry Rajoelina, who ousted then President Marc Ravalomanana.

Ravalomanana, now living in South Africa, received a life sentence in absentia for killings committed by his guard ahead of the coup, VOA said.

Madagascar is an island nation of the southeast coast of Africa.

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