Eritrean army tanks besieged the information ministry in central Asmara on Monday after some 200 mutineers seized the building to call for political reform, diplomatic and diaspora
sources said Monday.
A group of 200 soldiers launched what appeared to be a coup attempt in Asmara, forcing state TV off the air.
They forced Eri-TV boss Asmelash Abreha to read a statement saying the 1997 constitution will be implemented and political prisoners freed, RFI correspondent Léonard Vincent reported.
The broadcast was cut off.