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President of Guinea-Bissau Assassinated

(CNN) -- The president of Guinea-Bissau was assassinated Monday morning, a day after an explosion killed the head of the West African country's military, the prime minister said.

It was not immediately clear how President Joao Bernardo Vieira, 69, died. Prime Minister Carlos Gomes confirmed the death to CNN.

Early Monday, gunfire and rocket explosions that lasted for about an hour were heard near the presidential palace in the capital, Bissau, according to local media. Looting was later reported at the presidential palace.

Army spokesman Zamora Induta said an aide to the president was killed during the gunfire.

He added that the gunmen remained at-large and that a 10-member-commission will manage the army until a new chief of staff is named.

The army, he said, will remain neutral.

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President of Guinea-Bissau Said To Be Killed By Soldiers

Map of Guinea-Bissau

CONAKRY, Guinea: Army troops shot dead João Bernardo Vieira, the president of neighboring Guinea-Bissau, early on Monday following a bomb attack that killed the army chief of staff, according to diplomats in the region..

News reports said army troops blamed the president for the death of the army chief, General Batista Tagme Na Wai, who died in an explosion on Sunday night.

Diplomats, who spoke in return for anonymity under customary rules, said the president was killed at around 5 a.m. in an attack outside his house and the country's borders had been closed. "Nobody knows who is in charge," one diplomat said. "Nobody knows what the army will do."

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