Malian anti-government protesters cheer on the military at Independence Square | AFP

Malians line the streets around Bamako’s Independence Square to cheer on the military, as unrest sweeps through the capital. Witnesses earlier reported hearing gunfire at a key military base near the capital, sparking fears of a mutiny. Mali has been gripped for months by political crisis, as a protest movement galvanised by a disputed election insists that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resign.

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