FILE - In this Monday, June 20, 2005, file photo, Guinea Bissau troops sit in front of the electoral commission offices as they guard ballot boxes in Bissau, Guinea Bissau. Renegade soldiers seized the head of Guinea-Bissau's armed forces Thursday, April 1, 2010, and briefly detained the prime minister in an apparent coup attempt in the tiny, coup-plagued African nation where the president was assassinated last year. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau—A government spokesman says Guinea-Bissau's prime minister has been released from house arrest after an apparent coup attempt.
Renegade soldiers threatened to kill the leader Thursday and detained the head of the armed forces.
Mamodou Djau says that soldiers have left Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Jr.'s home, but police remain there to maintain order. He says that the prime minister will meet with the president Friday to discuss the coup attempt.
This tiny West African nation has been wracked by coups, countercoups and a civil war in its 35 years of independence from Portugal.
Guinea-Bissau's current president won an election last year to succeed the former leader, who was assassinated a little over a year ago.
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