A group of soldiers have attempted a military coup in the Eritrean capital, Asmara , RFI reported on Monday. According to local sources, the state TV station has been forced off air.
The reports orginated from the English language website, asmarino.com , which posted a link to a YouTube video showing the TV station off air.
According to RFI, the station's boss, Asmelash Abreha, read a statement saying that political prisoners would be freed just prior to the broadcast being cut.
There have been rumors of the Eritrean's president's death for some time . President Aferwerki made a TV appearance in April last year to refute the reports.