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Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement advising Russians not to travel
Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement advising Russians not to travel to the Union of the Comoros, off the coast of eastern Africa, until the current crisis is settled there.

Around 1,500 Comoran and African Union troops invaded the Indian Ocean island of Anjouan on Tuesday in an attempt to oust rebel leader Mohamed Bacar, who took part in a coup on the semi-autonomous island in 2002.

The forces reported meeting little resistance, seizing the airport at Ouani and the main city of Mutsamudu. The search for Bacar is still underway.

Bacar was elected president of Anjouan last year, which federal authorities called illegal and accused him of rebellion.

According to press reports, three rebels were killed and around 10 wounded in the fight

with no casualties reported among government troops.

The three main Comoran islands are 300 km (186 miles) off eastern Africa, to the north of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

Since independence from France in 1975, Comoros has survived about 20 coups and rebellions.


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