The coup was reportedly led by Sadio Camara and Malick Diaw. Malian journalist, Seydou Oumar Traoré said Camara was the ex-director of the military Prytaneum of Kati and had just returned from training in Russia.
Malick Diaw is also said to be the Chief of Staff of the 3rd Military Region of Kati. Though it is not clear how many senior officers were involved in the coup, Lieutenant-Colonel Mama Seku Lelenta and Brigadier General Cheick Fanta Mady Dembélé were mentioned.
The coup plotters stormed Bamako from their Kati base to arrest many Malian officials. Some of the government officials arrested include President Boubacar Keita, Prime minister Boubou Cisse, Chief of Staff of the National Guard and his Administrative and Financial Director (DAF), Abdoulaye Daffé, Minister of the Economy and Finance, Tiebilé Dramé, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Moussa Timbine, President of the National Assembly.