LOME, Togo 

Mali’s military on Monday arrested the country’s interim president, premier and defense chief, transporting them to a military base, news outlets reported. 

A military escort accompanied President Bah N’Daw, who leads the transitional government in the country, along with Prime Minister Moctar Ouane and Defense Minister Souleymane Doucoure to the Kati military camp located 15 kilometers (9 miles) northwest of the capital Bamako, pan-African media outlet Jeune Afrique reported, quoting diplomatic sources.

The arrest came just hours after the appointment of a new government following consultations between N’Daw and civil society groups. Those meetings preceded the resignation earlier this month the previous government led by Ouane, who was reappointed by the N’Daw to form a new government.

Turkey’s Bamako embassy advised Turkish nationals in the country to be cautious and not to go outside unless necessary, following local news amid the increasing military activity.

The US Embassy also reported increased military activity in Bamako and encouraged Americans to avoid non-essential travel inside the city and monitor local media for updates. 

*Jeyhun Aliyev contributed to this story from Ankara

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