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.