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Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore detained in ‘safe place’ after ‘attempted coup d’état’

Kaboré’s location stays unknown; on Monday afternoon, a message was posted from his Twitter account asking these concerned in the riot to decrease their arms.

“Our nation is going through difficult times,” the tweet mentioned. “We must in this precise moment, preserve our democratic achievements. I invite those who took arms to lower them in the superior interest of the nation. It is through dialogue and listening that we must resolve our contradictions.”

Kaboré has not been seen in public since combating broke out across the presidential palace in the capital, Ouagadougou, on Sunday, in response to the journalist working for CNN.

Gunshots have been reported in that space of the capital and helicopters have been additionally heard overhead, in response to the journalist.

The troopers instructed CNN they’re indignant on the authorities’s dealing with of jihadist assaults in the nation, and consider Burkina Faso is best off underneath army rule proper now.

Pictures from Ouagadougou on Monday confirmed armed autos and troopers parked outdoors the headquarters of the state broadcaster, Radio Télévision du Burkina (RTB).

The Economic Community for West Africa States (ECOWAS) posted a statement on Facebook Monday saying it was watching “with great concern the political and security situation in Burkina Faso, following an attempted coup d’état on January 23.”

ECOWAS “holds the military responsible for the physical integrity of President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré,” the assertion added.

ECOWAS demanded that the “soldiers return to the barracks, maintain a Republican situation and favor dialogue with the authorities to resolve problems.”

On Monday, the French embassy in Burkina Faso posted a message on its website warning its residents in the nation that the state of affairs “remains rather confusing.”

“In the wait for a clarification, we recommend that you avoid non-essential movements during the day and do not go out at night,” the message mentioned.

Two Air France flights scheduled for Monday night have been additionally canceled, in response to the embassy.

Reuters reviews that frustration has risen in Burkina Faso in latest months, following the killings of civilians and troopers by militants, a few of whom have hyperlinks to Islamic State and al Qaeda.

The information company mentioned sustained gunfire rang out from army camps in the West African nation on Sunday, as troopers demanded extra help for his or her combat in opposition to Islamist militants.

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Protesters got here out to help the mutineers on Sunday and ransacked the headquarters of Kaboré’s political social gathering, Reuters reported.

The authorities declared a curfew from 2000 GMT to 0530 GMT till additional discover and closed faculties for 2 days.

The turmoil in Burkina Faso comes after profitable army putsches over the previous 18 months in its West African neighbors Mali and Guinea, the place the military eliminated President Alpha Conde final September.

West Africa, which till not too long ago appeared to have shed its popularity as Africa’s “coup belt,” stays inclined to unrest.

The army also took over in Chad final 12 months after President Idriss Deby died on the battlefield there.

Burkina Faso is among the poorest international locations in West Africa — regardless of being a gold producer.

Its military has suffered heavy losses by the hands of Islamist militants, who management swathes of the nation and have pressured residents in these areas to abide by their harsh model of Islamic regulation, Reuters reviews.

Sam Mednick reported from Ouagadougou and Niamh Kennedy reported from Dublin.



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