West African bloc shuts borders with Mali, vows sanctions over military coup

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said on Tuesday it had decided to close its member states' borders…

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said on Tuesday it had decided to close its member states’ borders with Mali after mutinying soldiers detained President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

ECOWAS, which includes Mali, said in a statement it was suspending all financial flows between its 14 other member states and Mali and suspending Mali from its internal decision-making bodies.

The bloc also said that its members would close land and air borders with Mali and pledged to demand sanctions against “all the putschists and their partners and collaborators”.