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COMOROS COUP ATTEMPT QUASHED BLOODLESSLY

Soldiers accused of being linked to foreign mercenaries seized the state radio station in the Comoro Islands on Saturday but the coup attempt was quashed without bloodshed, French and Comorian officials said.

President Said Mohamed Djohar, who was on a private visit to Paris, claimed the rebels were linked to European mercenaries who controlled the island nation off southeastern Africa during the rule of his murdered predecessor.