US condemns assassination attempt on Guinea leader

By Associated Press | July 20, 2011 | 3:29 PM EDT

FILE- In this July 1, 2011 file photo, Guinean President Alpha Conde looks on during the closing session of the 17th African Union Summit, at Sipopo Conference Center, outside Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Guinea's democratically elected president survived an assassination attempt early Tuesday, July 19 2011, when gunmen descended on his home, an attack that throws into doubt the political stability of this country with a history of coups and military rule.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has condemned an assassination attempt on Guinea's president and urged citizens of the African country to stay committed to democracy.

State Department spokeswoman Heide Bronke Fulton says Tuesday's rocket attack on President Alpha Conde's home was unacceptable.

She also praises Conde and his government for working hard to establish democratic institutions. Conde, who was inaugurated last year, is Guinea's first democratically elected leader.