Malian ex-junta leader Amadou Sanogo (C) arrives at Bamako airport on March 29, 2012 in Bamako. The leader of the military coup that ousted Mali’s president from power says “the situation is under control” in the country’s capital Bamako.

In a written statement shown on state television early Tuesday, Captain Amadou Sanogo said that his troops are now in control of the airport, state television, radio station and an army barracks in Bamako following nighttime clashes with guardsmen loyal to the toppled president Amani Toumani Toure. 

Several people reportedly lost their lives Monday night when Toure loyalists tried to reverse the coup. 

The clashes occurred around the state broadcasting building and in several other locations in Bamako. 

“These are elements of the presidential guard from the old regime and they’re trying to turn things around,” Bacary Mariko, a spokesman for the ruling military junta said. “We have the situation under control.” 

It has been just over a month since the military coup in Mali. Although the junta has handed power to an interim government, it is still thought to wield considerable influence. 

On April 20, President Toure fled to Senegal after taking shelter in the Senegalese Embassy in Mali. 

Toure tendered his official resignation on April 8 to facilitate a deal signed by the junta chief and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mediator Djibril Bassole to establish an interim government and restore constitutional rule. 

Mali’s interim leaders, President Dioncounda Traore and Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra, have been tasked with organizing elections and putting an end to the rebellion of separatists in the north. 

Army troops staged the coup after accusing Toure of inability to control the rebels of the north who had for months tried to gain independence. 

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