Soldiers detain Burkina Faso President Kabore – Sources

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Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore [REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes]

Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has been detained, on Monday, following heavy gunfire around his residence on Sunday night in the capital Ouagadougou, sources told AFP.

“President Kabore, the head of parliament and the ministers are effectively in the hands of the soldiers” at the Sangoule Lamizana barracks in the capital Ouagadougou, two security sources said.

Shots were heard late Sunday near Kabore’s home after soldiers staged mutinies at several barracks to demand the sacking of the country’s military top brass and more resources for the battle against Islamist insurgents.

Residents also reported they saw a helicopter above the the president’s home in the capital Ouagadougou.

It followed gunfire earlier Sunday at several army bases, prompting fears of yet another coup in a volatile West African country prone to military takeovers.



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