E. Timor Prez in Induced Coma After Shooting

Condition 'extremely serious' after failed coup attempt
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 11, 2008 9:24 AM CST
East Timorese soldiers patrol aboard a vehicle around the town in Dili, East Timor, Monday, Feb. 11, 2008. Rebel soldiers shot and seriously wounded East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta and opened fire...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – East Timor's president has been placed in an induced coma after being shot early today by rebel soldiers in an apparent coup attempt, reports the BBC. The move is a bid to help Jose Ramos-Horta recover from "extremely serious injuries"; he was airlifted to Australia for emergency treatment after the attack outside his home. East Timor's prime minister has declared a state of emergency.

Ramos-Horta was shot twice in the chest and once in the stomach. His condition is stable and doctors are hopeful for a full recovery. The European Union has condemned the attack and Australia has pledged to send scores of extra peacekeepers to East Timor. An Australian-led UN force has been stationed in the country since 2006.