Burkina Faso President Kabore reportedly detained by military

Burkina Faso President Kabore reportedly detained by military

Burkina Faso President Kabore reportedly detained by military

Written by Staff Writer

24 Jan, 2022 | 4:23 pm

(News1st); The President of Burkina Faso, Roch Kaboré, has reportedly been detained by mutinying soldiers, according to foreign media.

Some troops in the West African nation have demanded the sacking of military chiefs and more resources to fight Islamist militants.

Gunfire had been heard overnight near the presidential palace and at barracks in the capital, Ouagadougou.

The government, however, denied suggestions of a military coup or that the president was under arrest.

President Kaboré was detained at a military camp by mutinying soldiers, foreign media reports stated.

A Video from the capital appears to show armored vehicles – reportedly used by the presidency – peppered with bullet holes and abandoned in the street.

Hundreds of people had come out in support of the soldiers despite a government-imposed curfew. Some of them set fire to the ruling party’s headquarters.

Furthermore, the president’s location is unknown, However,  security sources as saying that he and other government ministers are at the Sangoule Lamizana barracks in the capital, foreign media reported.

There has been no communication from President Kaboré himself since Sunday (23) night, when he posted to social media congratulating the national football team on their win in an Africa Cup of Nations match.

Amid disruption to the internet, the situation in the capital is not clear, with no statement from either the military or the government.

 

 

 

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