Clashes between two army factions broke out in Bissau on Thursday night and continued on Friday after national guard soldiers freed an opposition minister who was detained on a corruption investigation.

Bissau army said in a statement on Friday that order had been by afternoon in the tiny West African country where coups and unrest have been commonplace since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974.

(Reporting by Alberto Dabo; Writing by Bate Felix; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Nick Zieminski)